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Businesses scramble as Phase One of reopening begins on LI

Tritec Real Estate, the East Setauket developer behind Patchogue’s downtown revitalization and the $750-million Ronkonkoma Hub project, has been preparing to reopen since its operations were halted in March. 

“We’ve been working to secure enough personal protective equipment for all workers, figuring out ways to distribute it safely, and reaching out to subcontractors to go over what our new rules are going to be,” Chris Kelly, vice president of marketing for Tritec, said. 

On the day construction sites had to shut down in March, there had been about 80 workers at Tritec’s 260-unit luxury housing complex under construction in Lindenhurst, he said. 

When workers return to the site, they’ll be entering a completely different work environment, Kelly said. It will probably take about a week to ramp back up, he said. 

“They’ll be required to wear masks, gloves and goggles, we’ll have hand sanitizing stations on site, which we’ll of course, encourage them to use, start times will be staggered to avoid too many people coming in at once, crews will be separated to ensure social distancing measures, and we’ll have a contact tracing system that will make a noise if workers get too close to each other,” he said.  “Everybody wants to be safe, go to work and then come home to their families,” he said