Construction sites will be shut if they do not comply with coronavirus guidelines, LA mayor says – Daily News

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday that new guidelines are now up for ensuring construction sites are taking the necessary precautions against COVID-19, and the city is proactively enforcing them.

City inspectors are going out to construction sites each day “to verify compliance with these safety guidelines,” he said Tuesday, March 31.

“Any (construction) sites that put lives at risk will be shut down,” he said. “It is as simple as that.”

Those guidelines are available at the Building and Safety website, and he said they include requiring that construction sites ensure six feet of physical distance people, and that people do not share phones, desks, office space, and tools.

All workers on an active site should also be trained on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and as with all others in the city, they are required to stay home if they are sick with the novel coronavirus.

Garcetti recently also put his foot down on non-essential businesses that have failed to close, and said that so far a city enforcement team has visited 540 businesses, with 144 of them getting an additional visit from Los Angeles Police Department officials.

He said that the city could make misdemeanor charges against such businesses, and that so far four cases have been referred to the city attorney’s office.

The mayor also shared that with more testing expected at homeless encampments in the coming weeks, hundreds of tests may be administered in the next several days. He said there is a potential to provide as many as 1,000 to 2,000 tests per day through partnerships with private companies like UPS, although many of those tests are also being reserved for doctors who work the elderly population.

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