To combat the outbreak of COVID-19, Singapore’s Multi-Ministry Task Force implemented the circuit breaker to help minimise further spread of the virus from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020. The COVID-19 circuit breaker includes the suspensions of activity for all non-essential industries.
In line with this, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has issued an advisory stating that all construction, including building works under the Building Control Act (Cap. 29), are required to cease from all activity as well.
“All stakeholders of the construction industry, including developers, builders, qualified persons, site supervisors, and construction material suppliers, must comply with the work suspension, for which this advisory provides BCA’s guidance,” as stated in the advisory.
Construction works will cease operations during the circuit breaker period except for works that are deemed essential, such as maintenance of the structural safety and integrity of building works, maintenance of security of the project site, and environmental protection of the project site.
BCA encourages main contractors to consider having their workers to stay on-site and inform the Ministry of Manpower of the arrangement. The circuit breaker came on time as a COVID-19 cluster has been surfacing in foreign worker dormitories, whereupon a large portion of foreign workers are hired in the construction industry.
– Construction+ Online