Gov. Cuomo Announces All Non-Essential Construction Shut Down

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On Friday, March 27th, Governor Cuomo announced that all non-essential construction will be shut down. Only essential construction projects, such as patient care facilities, infrastructure, and transit facilities, will continue.

For construction projects, the bill explains the following:


  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
  • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
  • For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

Other essential businesses and entities will also continue operating. For a guide on which businesses and services are deemed essential, please click here.