JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hoping to bring some quality of life to residents forced to remain at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jersey City City Council will introduce an ordinance at the June 10 meeting to require contractors to start work later in the day and end earlier.

Under language introduced by Councilman James Solomon, the new rules could require contractors to start work either at 8 a.m. or later and cease work by 4:30 or 5 p.m. for as long as the COVID-19 state of emergency exists.

“The construction is driving people crazy,” said Councilman Richard Boggiano, who has received complaints from residents in the area of Journal Square. Currently, contractors are allowed to start work at 7 a.m. and cease work by 6 p.m.

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But Boggiano said these construction projects often start earlier than legally allowed and stop later. “There is no enforcement,” he said, hoping that the new restrictions could at least provide residents with a few more hours of rest.

The ordinance would not change the hours of operations on weekends which is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Many people are working from home and I’ve received a number of complaints,” Solomon said. “This ordinance could provide them with a bit more quality of life.”

Not everyone on the legislative body appear to support the measure with Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey raising the concern the contractors could lose ten hours or more of work time a week

“This could delay a project for months. We do not know how long the state of emergency will last,” she said.

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