New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order #142 on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, permitting suspended non-essential construction projects to resume starting, Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:00 a.m. In his briefing this afternoon, Governor Murphy commended the efforts and progress the State has made to date against the spread and impact of the COVID-19

Since first issuing declarations of emergency in early March, the Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have been coordinating their COVID-19 response measures fairly closely, in recognition of the physical proximity and economic dependency of their States.

Each State is among each other’s top trade partners, and hundreds of thousands of people cross

As we previously blogged, the New York City Council has introduced an expansive COVID-19 relief package, which includes a proposed bill requiring large “essential businesses” to pay premiums to certain essential, non-salaried workers.

Specifically, the proposed legislation would apply to “essential businesses,” as defined by the Empire State Development Corporation in accordance with Governor

In new guidance issued by the New York City Department of Buildings brings their stated policies in line with latest guidance from Empire State Development.

Three basic categories of construction are permitted to continue: (1) Essential Construction; (2) Emergency Construction; and (3) local government work, which is subject to individual determination by the appropriate City