Project teams in New York City may be fined up to $10,000 if found working on non-essential or non-emergency construction—or if workers on projects that are allowed to continue don’t practice social distancing to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus, say new city Dept. of Buildings protocols. Essential construction includes roads, bridges, transit facilities, utilities, hospitals or health care facilities, affordable housing, and homeless shelters, according to the DOB. When halting a non-essential project before it is finished would cause an unsafe condition, that project would be considered emergency construction work, according to the agency. Requirements for all suspended sites include weekly safety inspections and accurate logs for them, safety maintenance of public sidewalks and walkways adjacent to the site, removal of garbage, and safe storage of equipment and materials.