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As the nation moves into a second lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that construction sites will this time continue to operate throughout the curbing measures, which are set to last from November 5th to December 2nd.
Boris Johnson said in a statement:
“Workplaces should stay open where people can’t work from home – for example in the construction or manufacturing sectors. To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home must do so. Where people cannot do so (for instance people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction or manufacturing) they should continue to travel to work/attend their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting vital sectors and employers.”
The furlough scheme has also been extended until December with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.
The news comes within months of the UK government committing to 'build, build, build' the nations way out of the current crisis. The government has also pledged to build back greener and invest in offshore wind power in the aim of having the renewable energy source producing electricity for every home in the country by 2030.
The Construction Leadership Council’s co-chair Andy Mitchell said:
“We have also demonstrated that the entire industry depends on the flow of money and materials, and that it is essential that product manufacturers, builders merchants and distributors keep operating so that we have the materials to build and repair our homes, hospitals and services. It is imperative that this happens.”
Housing minister Robert Jenrick also confirmed that builders merchants will remain open and tradespeople will be able to enter homes. Renters and homeowners will also be able to move during the lockdown.
The latest version of the CLC’s Site Operating Procedures for safe working can be found here.
Morson’s Construction Director Rhys Harris said:
“This is much-needed news for the construction sector in one of the most difficult years I can remember in our industry. My thoughts continue to be with all the operatives out there doing their bit to keep pushing on. Let's keep building 'high and long' and ensure that the UK continues to move forward.”