Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Cease All Non-Essential Construction Projects

April 9, 2020

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Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order to Cease All Non-Essential Construction Projects

On Wednesday, April 8th, 2020, NJ Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 122, ceasing all non-essential construction projects and imposing additional mitigation requirements on essential retail businesses and essential industries to limit the spread of COVID-19 in New Jersey. The order also outlines specific protections and policies for all essential retail, manufacturing, and warehousing businesses, as well as businesses engaged in essential construction projects.
Exceptions to this shut-down include:

  *   Projects at New Jersey hospitals and schools
  *   Transportation and utility sector projects
  *   The building of affordable housing
  *   Other individual housing sites that can adhere to strict limits on the number of workers on-site at any given time
  *   Emergency repairs
  *   Work needed to safely secure a construction site
  *   Other limited instances

For the Executive Order click here:

A State Issued Summary of Business restrictions is available HERE


AIA NJ President Steven B. Lazarus, AIA

On the same day, AIA NJ leaders met to discuss the impact and position of AIA NJ.  Our president, Steven B. Lazarus, AIA, issued the following statement, which was also quoted in Engineering News Record: 

The architectural design and building construction sector of the New Jersey economy is significant. Restrictions on construction can have far reaching economic and social consequences.

AIA New Jersey supports Governor Murphy’s executive order regarding non-essential construction projects. The Governor’s carefully crafted executive order balances the importance of construction activity with the severe public health emergency of the Covid-19 pandemic.  AIA New Jersey supports policies that will protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.  The safe return of a healthy public and a normal building design and construction economy is in the best interest of New Jersey.  AIA New Jersey believes this executive action will facilitate the public health emergency to safely conclude as soon as possible.


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