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City to Shut Building Sites to Protect Construction Workers From Coronavirus

Manhattan Construction Site (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

March 27, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

The city is shutting down most building sites to curb the spread of coronavirus and protect construction workers from getting infected.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared that non-essential construction will end today, effectively bringing the private construction sector to a halt, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on WNYC Friday.

Until now, construction workers had been allowed to continue to work under the state’s “pause” shutdown order because they were deemed as essential workers.

“Anything that is not directly part of the essential work of fighting coronavirus and the essential work of keeping the city running and the state running…is going to end,” de Blasio said in response to an on-air call from a concerned construction worker.

Construction workers have been raising the alarm about contracting the virus on-site and spreading it to their families. Many have said it is impossible to properly socially distance from co-workers at sites due to confined spaces and a lack of proper personal protective equipment.

On Thursday, a local carpenters union appealed to Governor Cuomo to narrow the definition of essential worker, saying that its members’ lives were at stake because not all construction work was essential.

De Blasio admitted that the issue had been missed early on as the city attempted to get to grips with COVID-19 spreading.

It is understood that public works like infrastructure, transportation projects, and affordable housing will be allowed to continue. Emergency repairs and hospital building construction will also not be affected.

“Luxury condos will not be built until this is over,” the mayor said.” Office buildings are not going to be built.”

 

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Luxury Coronados

Soon, laid off hipsters won’t be able to afford staying in their luxury apartments anymore

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GreedyLandlord

I don’t think the hipsters can afford luxury apartments anyway when the layoffs hit.

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Mundek

About time. Enough with the construction frenzy already. Developer greed as usual compressing timelines and the union workers riding the overtime train right to their 50-100K cars parked all around our neighborhood, as they spread the virus, litter the streets and shop in our stores (spreading it move). GTFO and back to your suburb homes.
We dont want your unaffordable housing slave sleeping quarters towers anyway.

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Debbie

The “affordable” housing that’s not affordable? Or the “affordable” housing getting tax breaks to build, then switching up income requirements after getting all those tax breaks? Asking for a friend

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Jack

Democrats are morally divine and intellectually Einsteinian, so why bother to comment? It’s all Trump’s fault anyway.

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Anonymous

Oh, please. The workers themselves don’t want to get sick in a pandemic. Now go back to Hannity.

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Marcos

Work is voluntary. No one is forcing anyone to come to work. If your parents have been forcing you to get off your behind all your life it doesn’t mean the rest of the world functions this way.

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Charles

What about projects like Lagardia it’s the same we all union 731,361,40,157,1536,14,15,3,etc., it’s not right we all have family also !!!!!!!

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