Build UK’s update the industry amid the covid-19 outbreak 

In the last 36 hours, there has been updated guidance published by Public Health England and the Scottish and Welsh Governments in respect of construction sites and social distancing requirements.

Late last night, Public Health England (PHE) issued new guidance on social distancing in the workplace during coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes specific guidance for a number of sectors including: construction, tradespeople and working in people’s homes, and manufacturing and processing businesses.

This followed publication of construction sector guidance by the Scottish Government, setting out what it considers to be essential projects that can continue working. It also confirmed what are considered to be non-essential services that, subject to limited exceptions, should be halted at this stage.

The Welsh Government also published guidance on taking all reasonable measures to maintain physical distancing in the workplace, following the introduction of Regulation 7A of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.

The Site Operating Procedures will be reviewed as a priority in light of the latest guidance for each nation, and we will provide an update following the daily Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Task Force meeting later this morning.

Businesses should continue to follow the most up-to-date government guidance and for the latest updates please follow Build UK on Twitter and LinkedIn. If you have any construction-specific queries or feedback on what is happening within the industry, please contact Build UK.