PM Urges Construction To Return To Work

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In a special televised address to the nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said lockdown could not yet end but noted the impact of measures to limit the virus on the economy.

He has encouraged construction firms, many of which have been closed since the beginning of the lockdown, to return to work, reports Housing Today.

“We now need to stress that anyone who can’t work from home, for instance, those in construction or manufacturing, should be actively encouraged to go to work,” he said. But he added that employees must be safe and people should “avoid public transport if at all possible”.

“We must and will maintain social distancing, and capacity will, therefore, be limited. So, work from home if you can, but you should go to work if you can’t work from home.”

Construction work has been permitted in England since the lockdown measures were first introduced, and ministers have been encouraging sites to reopen.

At its highest point, some 65 per cent of UK sites by value had closed down, but last week that figure was down to 37 per cent, according to data provider Glenigan.

Alasdair Reisner, Civil Engineering Contractors Association’s chief executive said Johnson’s statement was in line with previous industry guidance.

“Companies will still need to assess whether they can operate while protecting their workforce, in line with the Site Operating Procedures and public health guidelines, which will vary for different nations. However, if work is possible, the industry can play an important role in rebuilding the economy post-COVID-19,” he said.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon noted different restrictions are in place in different countries. Of Johnson’s announcement, she said: “I think it is incumbent on him to stress that when he is talking about lifting these restrictions […] he is talking for England.”

Non-essential construction work remains banned in Scotland. If you need builders in Milton Keynes, then contact us today.