Construction sites across Europe are closing and the UK construction sector is coming to terms with the possibility of an unprecedented industry shut-down as government stresses that the nation must adhere to social distancing guidelines in order to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.
Last night the Prime Minister said the government may need to introduce more draconian measures to combat the spread of the virus.
In a statement this morning Build UK advised contractors to keep construction sites going until told otherwise and that its proposed Standard Operating Procedures on protecting the site workforce will be available this week. It also asked its members to do their best to keep paying their supply chain and staff, as well as holding on to apprentices.
The Chancellor’s statement on Friday afternoon offered welcome news in terms of business support. Support for self-employed workers is still limited and that point has been made to the government by all industry sectors.
The Treasury is reported to be working as fast as they can to roll out the new grant and support schemes. At the same time, in addition to providing support for business, the government priority is reduce infection, develop a vaccine and treatment.
The government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing. And the government has said the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear.