Mayor Walsh today ordered all construction companies to secure their sites and stop all work by Monday for at least two weeks and said both city libraries and community centers will be shut - libraries tonight, community centers on Wednesday - to try to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Walsh also announced a $20-million Boston Resiliency Fund to help healthcare workers and first responders find childcare and to ensure families don't go hungry as their breadwinners lose their jobs.He said several large employers have already made contributions.
The end of construction work on new buildings andlarge renovation projects could put "tens of thousands" of people out of work, Walsh acknowledged. Walsh urged construction companies to formally lay off workers, rather than fire them, so that they can be brought back to work quickly once the crisis is over. Boston, he said, continues to have a robust construction business. He added that contractors working on wood buildings will need to take particular efforts to secure their buildings against possibly catching fire.
Walsh said shutting the libraries was a particularly hard decision because of the large numbers of people they serve. He said that fines on books are waived until May 1.
He added that a few community centers will remain partially open if they have been designated as distribution sites for BPS students to pick up food.