Coronavirus Update – CIF Directs Members To Secure Construction Sites Where Non-Essential Work Taking Place

Tom Parlon, Director General, Construction Industry Federation, has released the following statement

Following the Taoiseach’s statement on new Covid-19 measures that outlined workers must stay at home in all circumstances except where work is an essential health, social care or other essential service that cannot be done from home.

According to Minister Simon Harris, construction is not deemed as essential service and as such construction workers should stay at home effective from midnight last night.

The Government is finalising a list of essential services to be completed later today that might outline some limited forms of construction essential to combatting Covid-19 directly.

In the meantime, the CIF is calling on its members should secure construction sites immediately.  We recommend that members sending teams to secure sites should call ahead to Gardaí to inform them.

As ever, the construction industry is ready to help combat Covid-19 in any way possible.  The CIF will continue to engage with Government and the HSE to explore ways the industry can contribute.

CIF Coronavirus Statement


News Update 28th March 4pm


Irish Government list of “essential services” whose employees are exempt from #COVID19 #StayAtHome order in the construction sector includes

  • Essential health and related projects to the Covid-19 crisis, and supplies necessary for such projects;
  • Repair/construction and critical road and utility infrastructure;
  • Delivery of emergency services to businesses and homes on an emergency call-out basis in areas such as electrical, plumbing, glazing and roofing

All contractors contracted for Government Departments or Public bodies will be advised as to whether a project is essential.

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