NYC mayor considering construction ban

Decision on closing NYC construction sites over coronavirus coming: de Blasio

A construction site on Amsterdam Avenue and West 181st Street in Manhattan on February 24, 2020.

Local officials are nearing a decision on whether to shut down construction sites in New York City to stop the spread of coronavirus, Mayor de Blasio said Thursday.

Hizzoner said the city and state will likely determine what restrictions are placed on construction by Friday.

“I think in the next 24 hours or so, I hope we’ll get an agreement between the city and the state,” de Blasio said during in his daily message on the pandemic where he answers questions from New Yorkers about coronavirus.

De Blasio was responding to a question from Matty, who wanted to know what the mayor could do to end construction since “workers don’t feel safe right now” and the industry is “not essential.”

“We’re working on this together to try and figure out what that rule should be, because, obviously, things are changing,” de Blasio said.


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