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CEF Statement on essential works under Covid-19

Following the statement by the Prime Minister last night, it is our view that, with the exception of essential works in support of the fight against Covid-19, non-essential construction work should cease.

In those instances where our construction workers are supporting health, emergency services and those works essential to the safety  of the public, the safety of workers is paramount and all guidance must be followed stringently.  

At the same time we recognise the immediate impact on families of the many thousands of self-employed workers and so we would reiterate our calls on the government to implement a similar financial support package to that already announced for salaried workers.  

This is an extraordinarily difficult time for everyone in NI and construction will continue to play it’s full part in supporting the front line services in their efforts to defeat the virus.