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New York City DOB rescinds Covid-19 NYC guidance

Published on: July 28, 2021

The following measures have been rescinded:

  • BB 2020-006: updated guidance to owners and contractors regarding how to secure their construction and demolition sites when operations are suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency
  • DOB’s Phase 1 Reopening Guidance
  • BB2020-010: Updated guidance regarding the reopening of sites whose operations were suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency
  • BB 2020-015: the application process for qualifying educational institutions to obtain approval for temporary student dormitory use in hotels
  • BB 2021-008: Describes when a DOB permit application is not required and how to determine the number of occupants for the reopening of indoor food services and dining in restaurants and establishments in New York City.

You can read the bulletin in its entirety by clicking here. Most notably, this update from the DOB overturns the requirement of 6 feet of distance between workers and wearing facial coverings.

This change is likely due, in part, to an increased number of vaccinated workers and citizens. As workers become increasingly vaccinated, the state eases off of safety requirements. If you’re looking to implement a vaccination policy for your team, click here to read our recent blog where we highlight crucial considerations for any employer. While these updates from the Department of Buildings indicate a positive trend towards in the crisis phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, NYCA members might want to strongly consider maintaining their current safety standards as COVID-19 variants emerge and make their way through our communities.

The New York Construction Alliance supports any guidelines that keep all workers in the industry healthy and safe. Not only can strict safety protocols around COVID prevent workers from getting sick, but they can also prevent any delays in project completion due to team member absences or site shutdowns. As leaders in the open-shop construction industry, we’re committed to advancing our core values of diversity, professionalism, safety, and quality craftsmanship. To find out more about the benefits of membership and our values, click here or email us at