Hayward construction still on; workers urged to practice social distancing

The project is still planned to be completed this spring despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Mar 23, 2020 6:45 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Construction on Hayward Field is still on despite the global coronavirus pandemic.

University of Oregon officials said in a statement that teams working on the site are urging workers to practice social distancing techniques.

"University officials have messaged to its teams across campus the need to follow the direction of local, state and federal authorities," the statement says. "This includes standard requirements, such as use of personal protective gear, including gloves, as well as guidance specific to COVID-19, such as additional hand-washing stations and social distancing on job sites and in meetings. It is the university’s understanding that crews at Hayward have been directed to practice social distancing and that additional hand-washing stations have been installed."

Michele Gladieux is a Eugene resident who walks by the construction site regularly. She says social distancing on the work site isn't always put into practice.

"It seems like people are social distancing more," Gladieux says. "But there are times up on high platforms where people are pretty close together."

University of Oregon student sophomore Garret Weintrob says there are students who think the construction shouldn't be a priority at this time.

"There's definitely people who think, 'Wow, coronavirus, social distancing, why are all these people still doing construction in a close environment? Is that still really necessary?'" Weintrob said.

The project is planned to be completed this spring. 

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