Compliance and future development
Everyone is instructed to comply with the rules issued by the Scottish and UK Governments in relation to coronavirus, in order to protect both themselves and others.
Length of closure
This guidance extends until further notice.
This guidance sets out both our initial response for the construction sector in helping to handle COVID-19, as well as beginning to develop a route-map towards restarting activities within overarching public health considerations.
The public sector is a major client group for the construction sector in Scotland. In support of our efforts to reset the sector, we have set down guiding principles in managing this situation through existing public sector construction contracts. We are looking for public sector clients and contractors to address pragmatically their mutual needs to ensure Scotland, both locally and nationally, retains a viable construction sector through these unprecedented times and that businesses emerge ready to resume work on existing projects and new opportunities.
Public sector contracting authorities should continue to progress pre-procurement activity, and progress to procurement where it is clear industry can respond, assisting suppliers to plan for, and schedule, full recommencement of operations as soon as practicable.
Our next step is developing plans to address the wider issues needed to get the industry restarted again. These are likely to include the easing of restrictions in a phased manner, opening up different parts of the sector, considering different restrictions in different areas dependent on how the pandemic is progressing. All of this will be evidence led.
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.
We are working with business and employee representatives, seeking to learn from successful working practices on essential sites, looking for industry to develop innovative processes to support new ways of working, and also learning from examples from around the world. We will work closely with Health Protection Scotland to ensure that the health and wellbeing of individuals continues to be our priority.
This guidance will be updated and reviewed as required in consultation with the sector’s employers and unions. Please ensure you use the latest version.