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Update 4/1/20:

As the Federal Government has not defined essential projects, each state may make its own rules. New York agencies appears to have adopted a project by project classification system. See below for NYC Deparemt of Buildings and New York City School Construction Authority links.   

 The New York City School Construction Authority (“SCA”) is analyzing essential and non-essential projects on an individual basis. The safest course is to contact the Project Manager, Architect or Engineer of Record.


 For Notice of Claims or Liens on SCA projects, see the annexed for the preferred manner of service.


 NYC Building Department Opinion Letter Re: Essential and Non Essential Projects: (See https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/essential_vs_non-essential.pdf)

 Only the following construction projects permitted by the NYC Department of Buildings or otherwise regulated by the NYC Construction Codes and the NYC Electrical Code shall be permitted to continue until further notice

1. Emergency construction (ESDC Item 9, bullet 1):

a. Project necessary to protect the health and safety of the occupants:

i. Emergency work ordered by the Department;

ii. Restoration of essential services – heat, hot water, cold water, gas, electricity, or other utility services; or

iii. Work necessary to address any condition requiring immediate corrective action that severely affects life, health, safety, property, or significant number of persons.

b. Project required to continue to the extent it would be unsafe to allow work to remain undone. Such project may continue only until it is safe to shut the site.

2. Essential construction (ESDC Item 9, bullet 2):

a. Utilities;

b. Hospitals or health care facilities;

c. Transitional and/ or Homeless shelters;

d. Affordable housing: Construction work on public housing, or a private or multiple dwelling or real property that is a new building (NB) or that is 100% vacant; or is work on unoccupied public housing units for the designation as housing for specific populations (i.e. shelter set aside, domestic violence referrals), or work on the exterior to address emergency conditions requiring immediate corrective action, set forth in Section 1(a)(iii) or within public housing, correction of critical systems for seasonal preparedness for the 2020-2021 heating season of an existing public housing building. Construction work on a private or multiple dwelling or real property that is a new building (NB) or that is 100% vacant that is now used or will be converted to such use: (i) For the provision of affordable inclusionary housing or mandatory inclusionary housing pursuant to the New York city zoning resolution; or (ii) Where no less than 30% of the residential units are subject to a regulatory agreement, restrictive declaration, or similar instrument with a local, state, or federal governmental entity or a local housing authority in a city with a population of one million or more.

e. Other essential construction as approved by the Department.

3. Work that is limited to a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site (ESDC Item 9, bullet 3)


ALL OTHER WORK TO CEASE All other construction and demolition work permitted by the NYC Department of Buildings or otherwise regulated by the NYC Construction Codes and the NYC Electrical Code shall cease and comply with Buildings Bulletin 2020-004. 

Real Estate:  https://libn.com/2020/04/01/real-estate-functions-now-deemed-essential-by-state/

Update: 3/27/20:

 Please see the latest interpretation of essential construction projects by the Empire State Development Agency and be guided accordingly:


  • All non-essential construction must shut down except emergency construction, (e.g. a project necessary to protect health and safety of the occupants, or to continue a project if it would be unsafe to allow to remain undone until it is safe to shut the site).
  • Essential construction may continue and includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters. At every site, if essential or emergency non-essential construction, this includes maintaining social distance, including for purposes of elevators/meals/entry and exit. Sites that cannot maintain distance and safety best practices must close and enforcement will be provided by the state in coordination with the city/local governments. This will include fines of up to $10,000 per violation.
  • For purposes of this section construction work does not include a single worker, who is the sole employee/worker on a job site.

Reference made to Empire State Development Corp,.



On Sunday, March 22, 2020, the Chief Administrative Judge of the New York State Court system issued an Administrative Order which suspends all court filings, for both electronic and paper cases, except for certain “essential matters.”  However, we will continue to work on your case to the extent possible so that we are ready to move forward as soon as we receive notice that the Administrative Order has been lifted.  If you receive notice of any court proceeding or formal legal notice, (i.e., summons and complaint, bid protest, notice of termination, etc.), please do not ignore the notice.  Forward the document(s) to us as soon as possible by email or overnight delivery so we may protect your rights.

If you have any questions about how this affects your specific case, please send us an email at your convenience at rjl@llalawfirm.com or sml@llalawfirm.com.


The information contained herein is rapidly changing as businesses and government continue to address the pandemic which is affecting everyone. We encourage you to stay safe, and follow all laws and regulations applicable to your industry.

New York State has issued a number of Executive Orders to address the current health emergency. Links to each are provided for your review.

March 18, 2020:

New York State has issued a number of Executive Orders to address the current health emergency. On March 18, 2020 the order was given that as of March 20 at 8:00 PM, all business and not for profit entities are to use any telecommuting or work from home procedures to the maximum extent possible. Excluded from this order are government entities, municipalities and public schools. Unless otherwise exempted, the in person work force must be reduced by 50%.


March 19, 2020:

On March 19, 2020 the Governor issued Executive Order 202.7. This order requires every employer to reduce the in person work force at any work location by 75% by Saturday, March 21, at 8:00 PM.

Also on March 19, 2020, the New York State Empire Development Agency posted the following advisory list of “Essential Businesses on its website here:  

https://esd.ny.gov/guidance-executive-order-2026 .

March 20, 2020:

This order requires every employer to reduce the in person work force at any work location by 100% by Sunday, March 22, at 8:00 PM.


For purposes of Executive Order 202.6, “Essential Business,” means:

1. Essential health care operations:
·         research and laboratory services
·         hospitals
·         walk-in-care health facilities
·         emergency veterinary and livestock services
·         elder care
·         medical wholesale and distribution
·         home health care workers or aides for the elderly
·         doctor and emergency dental
·         nursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilities
·         medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers
2. Essential infrastructure:
·         utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmission
·         public water and wastewater
·         telecommunications and data centers
·         airports/airlines
·         transportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garages
·         hotels, and places of accommodation
3. Essential manufacturing:
·         food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverages
·         chemicals
·         medical equipment/instruments
·         pharmaceuticals
·         sanitary products
·         telecommunications
·         microelectronics/semi-conductor
·         agriculture/farms
·         household paper products
4. Essential retail:
·         grocery stores including all food and beverage stores
·         pharmacies
·         convenience stores
·         farmer’s markets
·         gas stations
·         restaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)
·         hardware and building material stores
5. Essential services:
·         trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal
·         mail and shipping services
·         laundromats
·         building cleaning and maintenance
·         child care services
·         auto repair
·         warehouse/distribution and fulfillment
·         funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
·         storage for essential businesses
·         animal shelters
6. News media
7. Financial Institutions:
·         banks
·         insurance
·         payroll
·         accounting
·         services related to financial markets
8. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations:
·         homeless shelters and congregate care facilities
·         food banks
·         human services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community         and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support
9. Construction:
·         skilled trades such as electricians, plumbers
·         other related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes
10. Defense:

·         defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government

11. Essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses:
·         law enforcement
·         fire prevention and response
·         building code enforcement
·         security
·         emergency management and response
·         building cleaners or janitors
·         general maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendor
·         automotive repair
·         disinfection

12. Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, child care and services:

·         logistics
·         technology support for online services
·         child care programs and services
·         government owned or leased buildings
·         essential government services

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