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Building work and construction during coronavirus

‚ÄčEmergency repair and maintenance

Essential emergency home and building repair and maintenance works may be carried out by plumbers, electricians, roofers, scaffolders and other tradespeople. This work can be carried out at people's homes where it is urgent or essential, provided that the tradesperson is well and has no symptoms.

It is vital that public health guidelines, including maintaining a 2 metre distance from any household occupants, are followed to ensure everyone's safety.

No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual is extremely vulnerable to COVID-19, unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs, and where the tradesperson is willing to do so. The isolated person should occupy a different room whilst the work is being carried out, if at all possible. It is important in such circumstances that you ask the householder to explain the problem and the house layout via the phone beforehand if possible.

Construction sites and services

Construction sites are controlled by Law in connection with Covid-19 and a permit is required for any construction activity, including professional painting and decorating, on a site where more than 2 people are present.

Construction activities on a site which only involve up to 2 people, and which have safe operating procedures, can operate without a permit, provided that physical distancing and hygiene instructions are adhered to at all times.

The conditions for being able to work are:

  • the guidelines on physical distancing and good hand hygiene must be adhered to at all times, including travel (from home)
  • no more than 2 people can be undertaking any work on the site
  • the work is not within an occupied dwelling (for example, work in gardens and to the exterior of buildings, or inside an unoccupied property, is permitted but work which involves being inside an occupied property is not permitted)
  • the guidelines for safety relating to lone working (for example, procedures for working safely alone) must be followed
  • that no worker should carry documentation asserting that they are engaged in essential work as this work is classed as non-essential work. Police and other enforcement agents will be monitoring for abuse of essential worker status closely

Construction sites

A construction site is defined as such if the company or individual is required to comply with the Health and Safety Construction (Jersey) Regulations 2016. The definition of construction sites  includes painting and decorating activities

Permits are required for any construction activity or site where more than two people are present.

Apply for a construction site permit

Sites that have permits will be given posters that they must display to show that they have been allowed to operate and must comply with the requirements to minimize the risk of spreading coronavirus.

Construction sites with issued permits

Financial support

Financial support is available to the industry through the Coronavirus Payroll Co-Funding Scheme, Phase 2.

If you are uncertain about whether you are affected, email

Manual work and physical distancing

In some areas of essential manual work, groups of employees are required to operate together to ensure work is completed safely. In these instances, the 2 metre physical distancing guide should be used as best practice. 

Every effort should be made where possible to observe the distance during work, and when travelling to and from work but we recognise this might not always be possible.

Workers must also follow rigorous hygiene procedures, especially when returning home for the day. It is particularly important that employees working in this way should not come to work if they develop any of the COVID-19 symptoms. Instead, they should isolate along with their household.

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