Coronavirus and working on construction sites

On 25 March 2020, Icon wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government seeking clarity on Government advice regarding ‘essential working’ and construction sites.

03 Apr 2020

Coronavirus and working on construction sites

On 25 March 2020, Icon wrote to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government seeking clarity on Government advice regarding ‘essential working’ and construction sites.

Icon backed calls made by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) for further guidance on whether construction related work is ‘essential’ and if heritage sector companies and conservation professionals should continue to work on site. Government guidance, which requires people to stay home unless they are going outside for food, health reasons or ‘essential work’ had caused confusion in the construction industry, which is a significant employer of many cultural heritage professionals.

The Government has since confirmed that construction sites in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are permitted to remain open as long as guidelines on social distancing are followed. In response, CIfA has published guidance and information on site working during the Coronavirus, which can be found on their website here

Icon will continue to work with partners across the sector to ensure timely support and advice is available to all cultural heritage workers. Find out more about our policy work during the pandemic here

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