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San Benito
February 20, 2024

With new order, local governments to enforce construction activities

Courtesy of San Benito County:

San Benito Counties Resource Management Agency, City of Hollister and San Juan Bautista officials agreed to coordinate enforcement efforts for construction activities in the county, in light of the March 31 updated shelter-in-place order from San Benito County Public Health Officer Dr. Marty Fenstersheib.

The March 31 Order includes additional provisions and clarifications, including some building/construction additions.

FAQ’s can be found here: http://hhsa.cosb.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/FREQUENTLY-ASKED-QUESTIONS-For-New-Shelter-In-Place-Order-040220VF.pdf

Spanish FAQ’s can be found here: http://hhsa.cosb.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/PREGUNTAS-FRECUENTES-FINAL.pdf

The San Benito County order is similar to the updated orders of many Bay Area counties. The order based on an adopted criteria, will stop most construction projects in San Benito County.  Some projects will be allowed to proceed based on those same criteria.

The projects that qualify to proceed based on the outlined criteria in the order will be required to include:

  • Special conditions to safeguard workers at the site.
  • Social Distancing Protocol embedded in the order which must be signed and accepted by the builder.
  •  A stringent Employee Safety Plan, which must be submitted to the San Benito County Health Officer for approval.

The Employee Safety Plan is unique to San Benito County and not required in the six Bay Area Counties Orders. The orders in the Bay Area counties deem major mixed-use and multi-unit projects as exempt, if the overall project provides 10% income-restricted units. There is no such project contemplated in San Benito County.

The County of San Benito does not have jurisdiction over school construction; however, it has been deemed as essential.

San Benito County would like to thank the City of Hollister, City of San Juan Bautista and the construction industry for committing to work together for the overall safety of our community.

Reports for suspected violations of the Public Health Order can be called into (831) 636-4113 or emailed to [email protected].