Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has announced it will allow construction work in the country to resume in phases after the Covid-19 circuit breaker period ends on 1 June 2020. A gradual resumption is necessary, stressed BCA, to minimise the risk of new Covid-19 outbreaks among construction workers.
Since the circuit breaker period began on 7 April 2020, most construction work in Singapore has been suspended. Currently, only about 5% of the construction workforce are working on very small number of critical infrastructure projects, and those that have to continue for safety reasons.
From 2 June 2020, BCA will gradually allow more construction projects to resume. These would be projects that cannot be left idle for too long due to safety concerns, and critical and time-sensitive projects, such as MRT and Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (DTSS) tunnelling projects.
Previously suspended residential renovation works will also be allowed to resume. BCA expects about another 5% of the construction workforce to gradually resume work in the month of June (i.e. a total of 10% of the construction workforce).
Hugh Lim, CEO of BCA said, “BCA has been engaging the industry and TACs on the additional precautions and safeguards that need to be put in place for safe restart of construction projects. We recognise that such measures are an additional imposition, and we are heartened that companies do see the need to protect their workers, and to prevent further outbreaks of Covid-19 which may halt work, and derail the restart. BCA will work closely with the industry to help companies to be ‘Covid-Safe and restart ready’, so that more projects can resume over the next few months.”
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