Coronavirus Contruction Update – 21 September 2021
I am absolutely devastated to confirm that all building sites in Metropolitan Melbourne and any other municipalities currently in lockdown are closed from 12am today for a two-week period (unless brought out of lockdown earlier) due to widespread non-compliance in our industry. This shutdown will not impact the construction industry supply chain & construction manufacturing businesses will remain open during this time.
It is expected that this shut down will end on Tuesday, 5 October.
There will be an exemption to attend building sites in your region to make them safe or for emergency repair works.
As indicated above, regional building sites will remain unaffected from this shutdown, but the existing restrictions on site remain in place. Unfortunately, the current prohibition on workers traveling between Metro & Regional remains in place and will continue at least for the shutdown period.
We have been advised that for job sites to reopen, all workers must be vaccinated and all Covid Safe protocols must be in place.
Please know we are simply passing on this information and this is honestly a very difficult thing to do and I am struggling with it.
If you or your employees are financially impacted by this shutdown, you may be eligible for substituted payments. Contact me for the link.
I also think it is a very important time to really check in with yourself. This is a really challenging time for everyone and if you are struggling, please, please reach out (whether that’s to me, a trusted friend, family member or one of the resources below). Please don’t feel like you have to go through this alone.
I also wanted to share another resource with you – a daily activity planner to help you engage with enjoyable and meaningful activities, whether you are in lockdown or not. This is designed to help you take this one day at a time: https://thiswayup.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/OneActivityataTime_Daily_Planner2021.pdf
Beyond Blue – 1300224636
Lifeline – 131114
HALT – 0409756274
Suicide Call Back Service 1300659467
TIACS TradeMutt 0488846988
Please take care and stay safe and let me know if you need anything.