Six New Cases Tuesday; Oak Bluffs, West Tisbury Back Construction Rules

Island boards of health reported six new coronavirus cases on Tuesday as Oak Bluffs and West Tisbury joined Edgartown in swiftly approving new construction guidelines.

Health Officials Set to Tighten Restrictions on Construction and Job Sites Islandwide

Martha’s Vineyard public health officials were planning to reintroduce Islandwide restrictions on the construction and building industry Thursday.

Builders Talk Covid on Zoom

The Martha's Vineyard Builders Association holds a Zoom town hall meeting Thursday to discuss Covid-19 safety in the workplace.

Residential Construction Is Booming on Island

Martha’s Vineyard towns are seeing a boom in residential construction projects, as building demands soar both up-Island and down. The majority of the activity is in renovations.

Island Towns Loosen Reins Slightly on Construction Rules

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

Builders, Landscapers Go Back to Work, With All Due Caution

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.

Back-to-Work Phase One Begins Monday

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.

Five Towns Extend Construction Bans to April 27

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.

Up-Island, Down-Island Split Over When Construction Can Resume

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.

Towns Mull Guidelines Aimed at Allowing Limited Construction to Resume; Hospital Objects

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.