Scotland issues new guidance for construction industry amid COVID-19 outbreak

WCN Editorial Team 7 Apr 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The Scottish Government has issued new guidance that calls for the immediate stop construction on sites across the region that do not support crucial work during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

The new guidance for the construction industry mandates to halt all non-essential construction work unless it is part of an essential project.

Additionally, the government ruled to continue operation of a project subject to complying with guidance on social distancing, safety and welfare during the pandemic.

As per the new guidance, essential projects include those intended to create or repurpose facilities for undertaking COVID-19 related activities as well as that accommodate key workers, or free up space in facilities for coronavirus-related activities.

Essential projects also include those that are considered essential public services and the repair and maintenance of critical infrastructure.

Scottish Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “We recognise that this is an extremely difficult time for businesses of all kinds, but the Scottish Government’s priority is saving lives and fighting COVID-19.

“To this end, all construction sites should close unless they are essential to the health and welfare of the country during this crisis.

“This guidance offers clear and comprehensive advice on how the industry should respond in these unprecedented and difficult times. I am grateful to the STUC, Unite the Union and Construction Scotland for their input.”

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, construction company BAM recently announced that it has halted all its construction activities at sites across the UK to review working practices necessary to reduce the risks of disease spreading.

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New guidance to halt all non-essential construction work in Scotland. (Credit: Free-Photos from Pixabay)

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