Chair of Stormont’s All Party Group on Construction Patsy McGlone MLA has called on government to act on the advice of the Construction Employers Federation and provide cover for non-essential construction work to cease as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The Mid Ulster MLA said that construction projects should continue, with appropriate social distancing, where they are contributing to the fight against Covid-19, are necessary for public safety or are enhancing health services.
Patsy McGlone MLA said, “The British Government’s advice on non-essential work has caused confusion among employers in a number of sectors. I have been contacted by construction businesses today who aren’t sure what they should do to keep their employees safe. Not least of all because many suppliers have closed their doors.
“I welcome the position of the Construction Employers Federation that advises firms to cease works not related to the fight against coronavirus, public safety or enhancing health services. That is measured and proportionate in the circumstances we face. It is critical that the advice is heeded and adopted.
“I have written to the Economy Minister to clarify the position for construction firms in the North and asking for additional advice for the sector. This must be resolved as soon as possible.”