Non-essential construction to stop this evening due to Covid-19 restrictions
Non-essential construction is to cease this evening until at least the end of the month, as part of restrictions introduced on Wednesday to slow the spread of the third wave of Covid-19.
Essential construction projects that will be exempt from this include health projects specific to Covid-19, housing adaptation grants, repairs critical to maintenance for rail and utility projects and roads.
Other exceptions from closure include social housing projects that are designated as essential sites by local authorities, as well as education facilities deemed as essential by the Department of Education.
Sole traders, such a plumbers, glazers and electricians, will be able to work on an emergency call-out basis to homes and businesses.
There is also be an exemption for certain large construction projects in the exporting and foreign direct investment sector, based on set criteria.
The new construction restrictions comes as the Chief Medical Officer said the National Public Health Emergency Team is gravely concerned as more than 44,000 new cases of Covid-19 were notified over the past two weeks.
However, NPHET said the restrictions imposed since Christmas are beginning to have an effect and urged people to maintain and redouble their efforts to contain the virus.
Yesterday, the Department of Health was notified of ten further coronavirus-related deaths and 6,521 new cases of the disease.