Thursday 9 July, 2020

Phased reopening of construction on track despite 6 COVID cases

Construction workers have been allowed to return to work based on the results of a representative sampling of the sector, and the phased re-opening of the construction industry will continue. According to the premier, the number of positives in this sector justifies the measured approach to reopening the economy. 

Six positives from this sector have been reported from the screening programme and around 10% have been tested.

Some 65 construction projects were permitted to restart last week, where ready, in addition to a number of other businesses. This encompasses about 1,670 individuals, including those working in home depots and hardware stores. 

The government will monitor the impact on testing results of the reintroduction of the 1,670 persons into the workplace. 3,200 personnel will be tested from the construction industry (which consists of approximately 8,000 persons) in order to give a representative sample of how the profile of the virus appears in that demographic. 

If the trend continues to show around 1-2 per cent of positives out of the total number tested, the government will be able to introduce the balance of that sector back into the workforce over the next few weeks. 

"Whilst there is immense pressure to move quickly, we don't want to damage the great position we are in. We have not had a single person presenting with symptoms or admitted to hospital with COVID-19 since 27th April," said the premier.

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