On Monday 4th January at 8pm, the UK Prime Minster Boris Johnson, put England into the third national lockdown.
What does this mean for the construction industry?
The PM explained that construction is a vital sector and is essential in keeping the country operating; it has therefore been confirmed that construction sites can remain open if they are able to operate in a Covid-secure way. Tradespeople can also work in other people’s homes and builders’ merchants and building products suppliers will be able to keep stores open.
What is the latest Covid-secure guidance?
The government document titled, Working Safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Construction and other outdoor work, was updated on 21st
December 2020 and stated that “clinically extremely vulnerable individuals are strongly advised to work from home”. As of 9am on 5th January, there have been no further revisions. The full guidance is available here.
What is happening to construction in Scotland and Wales?
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, has put Scotland into a similar lockdown, but has also confirmed that construction sites can remain open. Meanwhile, in Wales, the country has been in full lockdown since Sunday 20th December.
How long will the lockdown continue?
England’s lockdown is expected to last at least until 15th
February, but will be reviewed at regular intervals.
Will RVT Group be operating during lockdown?
As an essential supplier to the construction industry, RVT will continue to operate throughout the UK lockdowns, providing dust, fume, noise, ventilation and heating control equipment. RVT will continue to conduct deliveries, installations and essential site visits in a covid-secure way. Click here for our full Covid-secure policy.