Construction industry takes next step towards COVID-19 recovery
By Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart
The construction sector is commencing the next phase of its restart plan in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
It’s the third of a six-phase approach devised by the industry in line with Scottish Government guidelines and will allow for a slow build-up of workforces to optimum capacity while physical distancing remains in force. Work in this phase on ‘non-essential’ sites can only be carried out within physical distancing parameters.
Earlier stages of the plan included health and safety planning and risk assessments, followed by preparatory work to implement new cleaning measures, install signage and arrange appropriate security at construction sites.
The health and safety of construction workers and the public remains the top priority as we begin to restart the industry.
In considering the industry’s readiness to move to the next stage, we have taken an evidence-led approach. The sector’s response to this crisis continues to be responsible and measured, and I am satisfied that it is well-placed to progress into this next phase.
I must reiterate, however, that easing restrictions will not mean returning to how things were before the virus. Physical distancing, hand hygiene, and other critical behaviours will be essential in each area to ensure public and workforce confidence. I am pleased that we are now able to take this significant step in safely returning the industry to work.