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Ireland lockdown: construction allowed to continue

For the first time since June, the Republic of Ireland will tomorrow move to its highest level of lockdown, but construction work has been allowed to continue.

Under the move to a ‘level five’ lockdown, travel is restricted to a 5km radius and many businesses, including hotels, are being closed.

During the six weeks of new restrictions, construction has been deemed an essential sector, meaning work can continue as long as there is compliance on site with health and safety measures such as social distancing. Hotels putting up those working in essential sectors can remain open.

The Irish Government has stated that building and development work can continue uninterrupted, as can the repair, maintenance and construction of infrastructure. Tradespeople may continue to work in homes and businesses to supply and deliver maintenance and repair services, including electrical, gas, plumbing, glazing and roofing. Work should not be carried out if the worker or any member of the household is self-isolating or showing COVID-19 symptoms.

Yesterday, the Welsh Government announced that, under its ‘fire-break’ lockdown, tradespeople are not allowed to work in homes unless to repair a fault that poses a direct risk to people’s safety, such as emergency plumbing.

Irish trade body the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) hailed the “awesome responsibility” put on the sector. In a statement, it said: “Construction companies and employees will now redouble efforts to deliver housing and critical infrastructure for the economy in the safest possible manner. Remaining open during ‘level five’ is testament to the incredible efforts over the past five months in keeping the incidence of COVID-19 to a minimum on construction sites.”

Read more at www.constructionnews.co.uk/health-and-safety/ireland-lockdown-construction-allowed-to-continue-20-10-2020/

Ireland lockdown - construction allowed to continue

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