Construction sites to stay open as second lockdown looms

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Prime minister Boris Johnson has confirmed a second lockdown will come into force from Thursday (5 November), but construction sites can continue to stay open

Construction sites will stay open during the second lockdown which will last from 5 November until 2 December.

Boris Johnson, said: “Workplaces should stay open where people can’t work from home – for example in the construction or manufacturing sectors.”

To help curb further financial strain, Johnson also said the furlough scheme would be extended until December with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked.

He said: “The furlough scheme was a success in the spring. It supported people and businesses in a critical time.

“We will not end it. We will extend it until December.”

The new regulations will be voted on by MPs on Wednesday (4 November).

Covid guidance

Government information on the second lockdown restrictions, states: “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.

“Public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work.”

You can access the latest ‘Site Operating Procedures’ advice from the Construction Leadership Council here.

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