Industry to carry on through latest national lockdown

Construction to stay open

Construction sites in England are set to stay open and fully operational during the latest lockdown that starts on Thursday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Saturday evening to announce a four?week lockdown in England from this Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December.

The new restrictions include requiring people to stay at home except for specific purposes, not mixing with other households, and the closing of certain businesses and venues.

The PM stated that Construction and manufacturing should stay open across all four nations.

Build UK has said they advise sites to review their social distancing measures and remind the workforce of the importance of complying with the Site Operating Procedures ? Version 6 whilst on-site, as well as the new restrictions off-site to protect their family and colleagues.

Working on Houses

Scaffolding firms and other tradespeople can also continue to work on and in people’s homes as long as both the worker and household members have no symptoms of coronavirus. Build UK’s Work Safe Safe Work Guide can be used to reassure householders.

Hotels have also been told to remain open to provide accommodation for workers.

Furlough Scheme Extended

The PM also announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is being extended for one month, with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.

Under the extended scheme, employers will only have to pay National Insurance and pension contributions, with the Government paying the full 80% of wages, and details of how to claim will be available shortly.

The Job Support Scheme, which was due to start on 1 November, has been postponed until the Job Retention Scheme ends.