Today Spain and Italy and 20% of the USA are in lock-down due to coronavirus or covid19. More countries are taking drastic steps to lock-down neighbourhoods, cities, states and countries. Will your construction project be forced to stop work? Will you be prepared for an indefinite closure of your construction project?
But even if there isn’t a general closure of businesses in your region your construction project could be closed for 14 days if one person tests positive for coronavirus or covid19. Everyone working on the project will be quarantined for two weeks and you may have to get professional cleaners in to disinfect and clean equipment, offices and various facilities. Clients might not even accept completed buildings until they’re professionally cleaned if there’s a risk that surfaces were contaminated by sick workers.
How to prepare your construction project for coronavirus lock-down
At this stage many closures are indefinite. They could be for 2 weeks, a month, even longer. Who knows?
What will happen to your construction project while it’s in lock-down? What will the weather be when it’s safe to return? Will your project be safe?
Well here are a few steps to take in preparation.
What to do when your project is about to go into lock-down
Usually the authorities provide 24 to 48 hours ahead of the lock-down.
To prepare the project:
What if your project is essential and must work through the lock-down?
Some construction projects may be able to continue working through lock-downs.
These are testing times for everyone. Being prepared can help reduce some of the fallout from a project lock-down. Good luck to everyone. Stay healthy. Practice commonsense. May the pandemic pass quickly with minimal disruption and sickness so we can return to normal.
Importantly - practice good hygiene and don't get infected and don't make others ill.
For further information on getting your workplace ready for the virus read this advice from the World Health Organisation.
For information on self isolation visit
Read What will you do if you are quarantined
Also Read How cononavirus could impact your construction project
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