I woke up yesterday to the sound of construction in the distance. I assumed that during these times, construction workers would also be asked to work from home. That's mostly correct, "employers should maintain the necessary crews to keep their sites safe and secure, keep any materials from blowing away, and prevent trespassing.

This work needs to be completed in the next week, by Monday, March 23, 2020. After sites have been secured, skeleton crews will be permitted for the remainder of this suspension to ensure safety."

So they will be sent home, but they do have until Monday to stabilize the sites. However, if you still hear or see construction within the next month, there are exceptions to this rule:

  • emergency utility, road or building work, such as gas leaks, water leaks, and sinkholes
  • new utility connections to occupied buildings
  • mandated building or utility work
  • work at public health facilities, healthcare facilities, shelters, including temporary shelters and other facilities that support vulnerable populations
  • work which ensures the reliability of the transportation network, and
  • other work necessary to render occupied residential buildings fully habitable.

Basically, construction will still wake me up in the morning, but it's all for good reason. 

Next, as you can imagine all branches of the Boston Public Library will close until further notice. This is a sensible move as libraries are places where large groups of people get together, and who knows how many surfaces currently still have some virus residue on them. 

Lastly, all Boston Centers for Youth and Families are closed until further notice. This is perhaps one of the more difficult closures for families in the wake of Boston Public Schools closing. With no school and no daycare, centers such as these were the last options for families who still have to work and need a place for their children to be taken care of and even just enjoy themselves.

However, as Mayor Walsh reiterated, these are special circumstances: "We understand these steps are disruptive for our daily lives, and I want to remind everyone that this is a citywide effort that requires everyone to do their part to help us keep our city strong and resilient. I thank all of our residents, especially our first responders and medical staff, our educators, and everyone who is making a difference." 

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