Island Towns Loosen Reins Slightly on Construction Rules
Will Sennott

Selectmen and boards of health in six towns have agreed to further loosen restrictions on construction and other trades effective May 11.

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Builders, Landscapers Go Back to Work, With All Due Caution
Will Sennott
Building and landscaping projects stuttered back into gear for the first time in more than a month, as one and two-person crews returned to work under strict guidelines.
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Back-to-Work Phase One Begins Monday
Will Sennott
Following a monthlong moratorium on construction and other trades, one and two-person crews will be allowed back to work Monday under strict new guidelines.
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Five Towns Extend Construction Bans to April 27
Noah Asimow

Five of the six Vineyard towns have settled on April 27 as the date to phase in limited construction work, voting to extend strict building moratoriums for an another 10 days.

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Up-Island, Down-Island Split Over When Construction Can Resume
Noah Asimow
A tense conference call between Island town leaders and the head of the hospital over relaxing the construction ban split the Island along geographic lines.
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Towns Mull Guidelines Aimed at Allowing Limited Construction to Resume; Hospital Objects
Noah Asimow
Three Island towns were presented with a plan Tuesday to take steps to get some construction workers back on the job, but there were mixed reviews, and all paused after hearing strong objection from Martha’s Vineyard Hospital president and chief executive officer Denise Schepici.
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Phone Meeting to Discuss Construction Ban Draws Crowd of Contractors
Noah Asimow
More than 100 Island contractors and tradesmen who have been affected by the construction moratorium joined a conference call Monday.
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After Standoff With Governor Baker, Construction Ban Stands
Noah Asimow
Construction bans enacted on the Vineyard and Nantucket will remain in place, following a conference call Sunday with officials from both Islands and spokesmen for Governor Baker.
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Vineyard Reports Five More Coronavirus Cases; Construction Bans Stand
Noah Asimow
The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital said Monday there are now eight confirmed cases of Covid-19 on the Island, five more than as of Saturday. And public officials said construction bans on both Islands will remain in place, following a Sunday conference call with spokesmen for Governor Baker.
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Patriot Drops Trips
The Patriot boat line has cut its shuttle schedule in half in response to the recently-enacted construction bans on the Island.
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