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 Plandeveloped 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. Site Operating Guidelines
Any site unable to meet these requirements must cease operations.