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Coronavirus (COVID-19): construction sector guidance

Guidance on construction sites and associated works that can continue under specific conditions.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): construction sector guidance
Progress on re-start

Progress on re-start

We have worked with stakeholders to address the wider issues needed to get the industry restarted again. These include the easing of restrictions in a phased manner, following the Construction Scotland Restart Plan, developed by Construction Scotland on behalf of the industry. This is a six phase plan designed to support a gradual return to work, when the medical evidence supports that:

  • Phase 0 – Planning
  • Phase 1 – COVID-19 pre-start site preparation
  • Phase 2 – Soft start (only where physical distancing can be maintained)
  • Phase 3 – Steady state (only where physical distancing can be maintained)
  • Phase 4 – Steady state (where physical distancing can be maintained and/or with PPE use)
  • Phase 5 – Increasing density/productivity

Progress through these stages is evidence-led and dependent on all parties working in genuine partnership. As an initial stage the construction sector was able to implement the first two phases in its Restart Plan from 29 May. Having considered the public health evidence the decision was made on 11 June to move to 'phase 2' of the construction sector's plan, and more works began to restart from 22 June as the sector progressed to phase 3 of its plan.  As of 15 July the sector is able to proceed to phase 4 of the Restart Plan. 

Easing restrictions does not mean returning to how things were before the virus. Physical distancing, hand hygiene, and other critical behaviours remain essential in each area to ensure public and workforce confidence. Work on construction can continue to build up, as per phase 4 of the Restart Plan and in line with all relevant health and safety legislation, public health guidance, and the industry’s Site Operating Guidelines

Where works cannot proceed operations should be kept shut down safely and securely, ensuring that partially-built structures are safe, and if necessary wind- and water-tight, associated equipment is properly stored, and sites have suitable security for the duration. Companies should maintain suitable arrangements for monitoring site security and safety, and personnel may be allowed on-site to carry out essential remedial work in line with existing contracts, or in the light of urgent work emerging.

Projects can only continue operating if it can comply with the guidance on the safety and welfare of the workforce and the public.  Any site unable to meet these requirements must cease operations.


First published: 15 Jul 2020 Last updated: 30 Jul 2020 -