As the Coronavirus lockdown continues there remains uncertainty about how long construction sites will remain open. The Cabinet Office and several senior ministers have confirmed that Government Policy is that construction sites can remain open so long as social distancing rules are applied.
Many major contractors/developers are making the decision to close as are many builders’ merchants and suppliers. However, a significant number of sites remain open and several organisations are now offering guidance and webinars on how to keep operatives safe. A range of ASFP learning resources are also available for those working remotely who wish to update their skills.
The ASFP is continuing to collate and distil available guidance and pass it on to members to aid with their planning. Please see the below, in addition to the information supplied in previous Coronavirus Updates.
- Covid-19’s impact on construction: The legal view, Thursday 26 March 11-12pm, Building magazine
INDUSTRY RESOURCES AND UPDATES
ASFP ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCES
- ASFP Publications
- ASFP Video Library
- ASFP Online Introduction to Passive Fire Protection (E-learning)
- Employers & Businesses
- Decontamination in Non-Healthcare Settings
- Public Sector Procurement in Response to COVID-19: Procurement Policy Notice
- Households on Self-Isolation
- Social Distancing
GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT
The financial support available from Government can be found in this TABLE which will be updated with the latest information as soon as it becomes available.
- Financial Support Measures – Grants, Loans and Relief Schemes
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Overview
- Financial Support Measures – How to Access
- HMRC Late Payment Support
- Corona Virus Bill and Statutory Sick Pay Provision
- Scottish Government Support for Businesses
- Welsh Government Support for Businesses
GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT (Loans)
- The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), specifically for SMEs and provided by the British Business Bank via your usual bank or lender, is now available. There is no maximum cap set for lending supported through the scheme, so there is no immediate need to approach your lender if your business does not need finance at the moment