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Governor’s Order Could Overrule Boston, Cambridge Construction Bans

By Bernkopf Goodman on 03.25.2020
Posted In: Client Alerts, In The News

Governor Charlie Baker’s emergency order regarding the shutdown of non-essential businesses in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic authorizes construction to continue throughout Massachusetts and appears to supersede the suspension orders in Cambridge and Boston.

Peter McGlynn

The order, which went into effect today at noon and lasts until April 7, designates construction workers as one of the state’s “COVID-19 Essential Services” exempting them from closing their facilities and also from a rule prohibiting the gathering of more than 10 people. The list also includes inspectors, vendors, and workers involved in infrastructure and public works projects. Click here for a full list of businesses and organizations deemed essential. Essential businesses are encouraged to follow social distancing protocols.

Robert Stetson

The Governor’s order comes after the issuance of an order by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who announced a temporary pause in non-essential construction on March 17. Cambridge issued a similar order shortly thereafter. Both suspensions are in effect until further notice.

In a press conference Monday, following Baker’s announcement, Walsh said the pause on construction “still stands.” A possible clarification on the construction suspension orders could be forthcoming, according to reports.

Bernkopf Goodman LLP Construction and Surety Practice Group partners, Peter B. McGlynn and Robert W. Stetson will be hosting a free, live Zoom conference to discuss these challenges on Thursday, March 26 at 8 a.m.

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For further information, please call or email Peter B. McGlynn (617-790-3390; pmcglynn@bg-llp.com) or Robert W. Stetson (617-790-3323; rstetson@bg-llp.com) directly.


The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to produce global uncertainty, interrupt supply chains, restrict travel and raise employee safety concerns, among other challenges.

Bernkopf Goodman LLP is closely monitoring cases here and abroad and combining our capabilities to provide critical guidance to clients in an urgent and quickly evolving situation. If you have questions about how COVID-19 could impact you or your business, please contact us.