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Construction sites and manufacturing can stay open following second lockdown announcement

by Jennie Ward

Following the announcement of second national lockdown in England, which is set to commence on 5th November, the CLC says “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”.

Construction sites and manufacturing workplaces can remain open throughout a second national lockdown in England, set to commence this Thursday (5th November).

While non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and beauty salons will be forced to close for at least four weeks, the Prime Minster has stated that construction and manufacturing can continue to operate this time around, as opposed to the stricter shut-down that saw many facilities close temporarily earlier this year.

In its latest guidance on ‘going to work’ under the latest restrictions, the government stated: 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.’

Meanwhile, in an open letter to the construction industry, Andy Mitchell, Co-chair, Construction Leadership Council (CLC), said that those working in the manufacturing and construction industries “should continue to travel to work and attend their workplace, including where this involves working in other people’s homes”.

He added: “We all understand the need to keep providing and maintaining the houses, hospitals, electricity, water and all the other vital infrastructure that people depend on, and we all understand the need to keep construction workers employed and keeping the economy going, for now and for the future recovery.”

Mitchell went on to say “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.”

Useful guidance:

NFRC’s Guidance Note 14.

NFRC’s Safe Working Checklist should be used when working in people’s homes.

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