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Covid-19 Site Operating Procedures ‘no longer current’ after 19 July

On construction sites around the country, social distancing and covid-19 protocols are now the norm. Here, NG Bailey staff are pictured at the Manchester Town Hall project.
NG Bailey staff socially distancing at the Manchester Town Hall restoration project

The Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) covid-19 Site Operating Procedures and Branch Operating Procedures will no longer be current once the remaining coronavirus legal restrictions are lifted on 19 July.

Prime minister Boris Johnson confirmed that England would move to the final stage of easing of coronavirus restrictions from Monday (19 July), including the removal of the 1m-plus social distancing rule, the legal requirement to wear face masks, and capacity limits for all venues and events.

But the CLC said it would keep its guidance documents available “as a reference” and recommended that face coverings should still be worn in crowded and enclosed spaces when people mix with others they don’t normally meet.

The CLC said that covid-19 will still need to be managed for “some time to come” and has updated its Use of Face Coverings in Construction guidance in line with the latest government guidance.

It said: “While it would be inappropriate for the CLC to seek to impose on the industry any requirements over and above those set out by the government, we recognise that businesses across the supply chain have welcomed the consistency that the CLC guidance has provided. They may choose, or be asked, to maintain elements of social distancing for the time being, in which case the Site Operating Procedures and Branch Operating Procedures should continue to be followed.”

The CLC added that its guidance may also assist in carrying out risk assessments as working arrangements are reviewed and revised, and advised that any changes to social distancing measures are discussed with the workforce.

It also urged construction businesses to retain enhanced welfare facilities, increased ventilation and improved communication with the workforce, all of which have been adopted by the industry over the past 18 months since the Site Operating Procedures and Branch Operating Procedures have been in place.

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