Policy and Legislative Updates Impacting Architects
An Act providing for virtual notarization to address challenges related to COVID-19
Summary for SB 2645Summary for SB 2645
AIA MA releases guidance on contract issues, construction administration and COVID-19
AIA MA prepared a guidance document addressing contracts previously negotiated and signed prior to the pandemic. AIA MA has also prepared a guidance document for construction phase items to be considered in light of COVID-19.
City of Boston Announces Staged Construction Restart
Boston issues guidance and safety protocols on staged reopening of construction
Somerville Announces Timeline for Phased Construction Restart Under Strict COVID Safety Protocols
Somerville issues guidance and safety protocols on staged reopening of construction
COVID-19 Safety Policy for Construction Implementation
As of April 27, all construction sites that are allowed to operate have been required to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan and a signed COVID-19 Safety Affidavit.—City of Boston | May 5, 2020
Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18th, Announces Reopening Advisory Board
Gatherings of 10 or more prohibited until May 18th, Stay at Home Advisory Remains in Effect
NIBS COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall: Preparing for Reentering Buildings
May 7, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:30am | Free to Attend
Coronavirus Government Response Resource Center
With the magnitude of the government’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have created a dedicated site focused on helping the Government Contracting community understand and stay informed of the impact of response effort on government contracting at all levels of government.
AGCMA COVID-19 Safety Response
The guidance contained within the AGC MA Safety Response Plan is based on what is currently known about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is subject to change based on recommendations issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other federal, state, and local authorities.
Temporary guidance for construction in the City of Boston
To stem the current public health crisis and support the health of workers in the City, the City has paused non-essential construction and is enacting new requirements for permitting.
COVID-19 Guidance for the Construction Workforce
OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers and workplaces during these unprecedented times. The agency will be issuing a series of industry-specific alerts designed to keep workers safe.
An update on 2020 projections for the nonresidential construction industry
These data were collected from feedback provided by the eight organizations that comprise the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast panel the week of April 6, 2020. Please visit the web page for more information on the panelists, and the complete forecast from December 2019: https://www.aia.org/resources/10081-consensus-construction-forecast
Mechanic’s Liens and Other Payment Avenues During COVID-19
During this video, you will examine the basics of mechanic’s liens and other payment options that might be available during COVID-19.
How AIA documents Handle Contractor Delays and Extensions of Time due to COVID-19
Apr 25, 2020
COVID-19 Media Availability 4/27/20
Mayor Walsh hosts a media availability to discuss updates relating to COVID-19.
On March 23, 2020, Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are encouraged to continue operations remotely.
In the RESOURCE DOCUMENTS section below are copies of the signed order along with two guidance documents.
The Essential Public Works Services are outlined on page 6 of the COVID-19 Essential Services List.
- Essential Public Works services include “Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, inspectors and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, construction sites and projects, and needed facilities.”
- Sector Specific Workplace Safety Standards for Construction Sites to Address COVID-19 (May 18)
- COVID-19 Resources and Guidance for Businesses (April 2)
- Governor Updates Essential Service List and Make Changes to Construction Site (April 1)
- Governor Baker's March 23, 2020 Emergency Order, updated March 31, 2020
- Baker, Cities at Odds Over Construction Continuation (March 27, 2020)
- Signed Essentials Services and Revised Gathering Order
- DPH Assemblage Guidance
- COVID-19 Essential Services List