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Can construction projects continue? What construction is deemed essential?

Updated: May 7, 2020


Non-essential construction projects must cease, effective Friday, April 10, 2020, at 8 p.m.

If your business is conducting construction deemed essential, that construction may continue; these construction projects include:

  • Projects for health care, including hospitals and health care facilities;

  • Transportation projects, including roads, bridges, and physical infrastructure;

  • Utility projects;

  • Residential projects that are exclusively affordable housing;

  • Projects involving K-12 schools in Schools Development Authority districts and higher education facilities;

  • Projects already underway at a single-family home—or an individual apartment unit where an individual already resides—with a construction crew of 5 or fewer;

  • Projects already underway involving a residential unit which a tenant or buyer has legally agreed to occupy by a certain date, if construction is necessary for the unit's availability;

  • Projects involving the manufacture, distribution, storage, or servicing of products sold by essential retail businesses;

  • Data centers or facilities critical to a business’s ability to function;

  • Projects for the delivery of essential social services, including homeless shelters;

  • Projects supporting law enforcement or first responders;

  • Projects ordered by Federal or State government;

  • Construction of new religious facilities or construction involving existing religious facilities;

  • Any work to secure and protect a non-essential construction project for its suspension;

  • Any emergency repairs necessary for the health and safety of residents.

All other construction projects must cease, effective Friday, April 10, 2020, at 8 p.m.

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