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COVID-19 Update

Construction

Permitted construction is able to commence/recommence under the conditions that a sufficient Jobsite Hazard Analysis (JHA), Site Specific Safety Plan (SSSP), and other safety documentation with a particular focus on COVID safety in accordance with state and federal guidelines on COVID spread prevention is provided to and approved by ISD. All other pre-COVID conditions and requirements remain in full force and effect. 

Examples of a JHA and SSSP can be found in the ISD Contractor Safety Package available here.

Ensure a JHA and SSSP are uploaded to the General Contractor’s primary building permit in Citizenserve, or if there is none, to the individual permit application (i.e. Electric, Gas, or Plumbing permit):

Required measures for safety documentation include but are not limited to the following:

  • All workers on the site must wear clean face coverings, masks, or face shield which cover their nose and face, unless unable due to a medical condition or is otherwise exempted by Department of Public Health guidance.
  • A sign-in/sign-out log must be maintained for all persons on site (including deliveries).
  • Hand tools are not to be shared
  • Limit the number of people that reside in different locations traveling in the same vehicle
  • Sanitization procedures and handwashing availability
  • Social Distancing
  • Site Health Checks and/or Self-Health-Certification Checks prior to shift
  • Limiting individuals present at time of inspection if practical

As an alternative to a physical sign in sheet as well as self-certification form, you can use an electronic version that will be logged with ISD available here.

There will be additional details provided if additional restrictions are mandated.

Food Service

  • All restaurant establishments are limited to “Take Out” “Delivery”, and outdoor seating services

Outdoor seating service requires a license from the Somerville License Commission. Visit https://www.somervillema.gov/restaurantreopening for required steps and guidelines for applying and implementation

  • Grocery stores, convenience stores and “corner” stores are allowed to remain open provided they meet all applicable Somerville BOH, Governor, and Department of Public Health requirements
  • No non-prepackage self-service food is allowed for purchase i.e. salad bars, olive bars, etc.

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9TH EDITION OF THE MASS. STATE BUILDING CODE IN EFFECT AS OF JANUARY 1, 2018

CONSTRUCTION WORKING HOURS:  MONDAY-FRIDAY 7:00AM - 7:00PM AND SATURDAY 9:00AM-7:00PM

NO CONSTRUCTION WORK ALLOWED ON SUNDAYS OR HOLIDAYS

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