FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2020
All Non-Essential Construction Must Halt
KINGSTON, NY – In compliance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order, Mayor Noble and the City of Kingston’s Building Department are calling for a halt on all non-essential construction.
Per Governor Cuomo, a state-wide halt has been issued for all non-essential construction, except emergency construction. Emergency construction is defined as a project that is 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, workers must maintain social distance, including for purposes of taking elevators, eating meals, and entry and exit from the site. Construction sites that cannot maintain distance and best safety 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.
The halt of construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.
Non-essential construction has been defined by New York State as:
- New Construction
- Accessory Structures
- Tank Abandonment or Removal
- Or any other project that the Building Inspector deems non-essential
For questions regarding current or planned construction projects, please call the City of Kingston Building Department at 845-331-1217.