New York COVID-19 Construction Industry Update 3/31/20

Updated: Apr 7, 2020

We have been provided supporting information from the Governor's office and Empire State Development regarding which construction work is no longer essential.

Empire State Development has issued the following guidelines, in summary:


  • Local governments, including municipalities and school districts, are allowed to continue construction projects at this time as government entities are exempt from the essential business restrictions. 

  • However, to the greatest extent possible, local governments should postpone any non-essential projects and only proceed with essential projects when they can implement appropriate social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. 

  • Essential projects are those that have a nexus to health and safety of the building occupants or to support the broader essential services that are required to fulfill the critical operations of government or the emergency response to the COVID-19 public health crisis.