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City to update construction rules

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

Clarification from the city about construction regulations under shelter-in-place was upended Tuesday by Gov. Greg Abbott. Abbott issued an executive order, which takes effect today, establishing statewide protocols for essential work based on the guidelines issued by the Department of Homeland Security. According to a letter from Denise Lucas, the director of the Development Services Department, the city is “working to develop written guidance on the application of the order” which supersedes city regulations. In the meantime, Austin Code inspectors will monitor construction sites to ensure that social distancing and increased sanitation is being observed.

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