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MASSACHUSETTS: Coronavirus Update

NESPA continues to monitor the situation with the coronavirus (covid-19) and its impact on our region. We recognize that many of our members work in the surrounding states and we are working to provide resources to help you make business decisions in these areas.  Please be aware, things are changing on daily basis in some areas, and we will continue to keep information as current as possible. If you have information about something happening on a local level, please send it to executive@nespapool.org 

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Pool and spa related services and construction are not explicitly mention in the Executive Order or the guidance documents.  Pool and spa companies should use the following information to decide if they can continue to operate:

Under the list of Essential Services: Construction Related Activities, the guidance states the following:

  • Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC Technicians, landscapers, inspectors and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, businesses and buildings such as hospitals, health care facilities, senior living facilities, and any temporary construction required to support COVID-19 response.

The Essential Services FAQ: Construction Related Activities, states the following:

  • Is construction work considered essential?  IT DEPENDS. 
    • Construction generally is allowed to continue if it is essential infrastructure or is related to essential products, services and supply chain in COVID-19 relief efforts.  Work may also proceed if it is needed for the operation or maintenance of an existing building, is expressly permitted within the exemption for a specific essential industry or involves the production of new housing units.  See the list for more specific guidance.  All construction sites should incorporate protocols to ensure safe social distancing of workers.
       
  • Are we including all inspection services (e.g. fire systems, home code inspections etc. as essential?) YES
     
  • Can businesses that don’t operate out of a bricks-and-mortar location continue to operate? YES with social distancing.
    • If the service a business provides is not on the essential services list, that business must cease all in-person activities at its bricks-and-mortar facilities. These non-essential businesses are encouraged to work remotely. Businesses that do work remotely, whether as part of their normal activities or as a result of this order, must maintain social distancing requirements: six feet of separation between all employees, and between employees and members of the public.
       
  • If I work outside and can socially distance, can I keep running my business even if it isn’t essential? YES in some circumstances (see below).
    • If the service a business provides is not on the essential services list, that business must cease all in-person activities at its bricks-and-mortar facilities. These non-essential businesses are encouraged to work remotely.  Businesses that do work remotely, whether as part of their normal activities or as a result of this order, must maintain social distancing requirements: six feet of separation between all employees, and between employees and members of the public.​
       
  • Is landscaping an essential service? YES if providing services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, businesses and certain other buildings (see list for full details)
     
  • Is non-emergency tree removal considered an essential service? NO but you may be able to continue operating (see below).
    • If the service a business provides is not on the essential services list, that business must cease all in-person activities at its bricks-and-mortar facilities. These non-essential businesses are encouraged to work remotely. Businesses that do work remotely, whether as part of their normal activities or as a result of this order, must maintain social distancing requirements: six feet of separation between all employees, and between employees and members of the public.
       
  • Are municipal public works employees covered under public works? YES
     
  • Are electrical contractors essential? YES
     
  • Can construction on public housing still continue? YES
     
  • Are public works contractors still allowed to operate for emergency calls? YES
     
  • Is pest control considered essential? YES
     
  • Are all plumbers covered? YES
     
  • Is there a COVID19 safe job site protocols for construction workers? State construction safety protocols can be found here; all construction sites are urged to follow these guidelines.

Other FAQS

  • Can retail stores do curbside pick-up? NO
     
  • If swimming pools are closed, are companies who provide sanitation services still allowed to stay open? NO only the sanitation services included on the list are essential *Interpreted to mean if the pool is open, then the pool needs to be maintained. It would call into question the need to maintain a pool that is not yet open.

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