Monday September 21, 2020

Demands of social distancing shut down country’s building sites

With images circulating of construction workers huddling together on sites, a closure of all building projects this weekend was effectively inevitable in the circumstances

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

@aarrogan

Killian Woods

Business reporter

@killianwoods
29th March, 2020
Covid-19 wardens will be inspecting building sites to ensure social distancing and hygiene measures are observed Picture: Fergal Phillips

The closure of construction sites ordered by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Friday was inevitable, despite efforts by firms to protect workers from coronavirus.

Workers, unions and politicians had complained loudly last week that social distancing and hygiene measures needed to stop the spread of Covid-19 were simply not possible on most building sites.

Pictures of workers in high-vis jackets huddled together on sites around the country had been widely shared, and the matter was raised...

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