Construction sites have not been asked to close, so work can continue if it is done safely. Employers should ensure their workers on-site are able to follow the public health guidance, and they should consider responsible arrangements for ensuring their workers can travel in line with this advice, such as through staggering site hours to reduce public transport use during peak periods. We will keep these arrangements under constant review and take any steps required.
It is, therefore, possible for construction work to continue in the current context. Those responsible for commissioning building safety work, such as the remediation of high-rise buildings with unsafe ACM cladding, and the construction companies undertaking the work, should consider how best to proceed and/or mitigate the risks arising from such work being paused.
To assist the industry the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) have provided further guidance on site operating procedures and how construction sites should operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CLC has also published advice to industry on the temporary suspension of sites where this is relevant. We will update this page as further advice is produced.
When considering their position employers may also refer to the latest Public Health England guidance to employers on reducing the spread of COVID-19.
For further information go to the business support pages on GOV.UK.
Revised guidance on waking watches and COVID-19
The National Fire Chief’s Council (NFCC) has produced revised guidance on waking watches within the context of COVID-19.
Building owners, managers, or responsible persons with any doubt about the suitability of a waking watch should please immediately contact the local Fire and Rescue Service (FRS).
The NFCC has also published revised protection arrangements to support Fire and Rescue Services.
Building safety and critical workers
Staff undertaking waking watch or other critical fire safety roles are providing vital publ