Changes to Coquitlam’s noise bylaw mean construction crews will be allowed to work longer hours during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is not just people that are staying at home during the pandemic that will be affected by the change, said Coun. Bonita Zarrillo. Those who do shift work, like health care professionals, will also be disturbed, she added, noting that many people in a variety of different industries are working longer shifts to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Out of respect for those people that are working multiple extra hours… we shouldn’t be changing the quality of their life right now,” she said.
The language in the current noise bylaw allows for construction activities beyond the current hours provided it does not disturb the peace, Zarrillo said. She added there is nothing stopping crews from doing quiet work, like painting or electrical, after 8 p.m.