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CIOB responds to MHCLG plan to 'Get Britain Building'

Chartered Institute of Building

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The CIOB has responded to plans from the government suggesting construction sites could see longer working hours to help maintain social distancing amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Eddie Tuttle, Director of Policy, Research & Public Affairs, said:

“The CIOB welcomes the Government’s recognition that the construction industry will need to adapt its current practices to operate safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Extending working hours will provide sites with the flexibility they need to operate safely and in line with public health guidance, which is crucial if workers are to have the confidence they need to return to site and make headway on projects that have been otherwise delayed during lockdown.

“We have already started seeing some of the success of longer working hours and staggered shift patterns with the completions of several of the Nightingale hospitals. This will also help to enable social distancing in the wider community by reducing the number of workers travelling to site at any given time, thereby easing pressure on public transport systems.”

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