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Construction industry & Alert Levels 2-3

Construction businesses can continue working under Alert Levels 2 and 3, but they must follow health and safety protocols and guidance.

This is available on the CHASNZ website.

These protocols will be updated to reflect current understanding of government requirements for businesses, however the Ministry of Health website should be referred to for any changes in requirements and must be followed.

Site checklists

These checklists have been provided by CHASNZ to aid with safe construction site operation at Alert Levels 2 and 3. 

Alert Level 3 - Weekly Covid protocols checklist.

Alert Level 2 - Weekly Covid protocols checklist.

Wearing of masks on construction sites

The protocols for Alert Levels 2 & 3 require face coverings as an appropriate control for close contact work (1-2 metres for Alert Level 3; and allowance for less than 1m for Alert Level 2).

Consistent with government recommendations masks should be worn on public transport for both Alert Levels 2 & 3.

The government may mandate masks in public and or on the worksite – the Protocols will be updated to reflect any changes as they occur. Construction organisations and activity must always follow government and Ministry of Health requirements.

Contact tracing

As per the Level 2 & 3 Protocols, all construction sites must keep track of people entering and leaving the site for contact tracing purposes. This can be achieved through site registers. Use of the government COVID-19 app and QR code system is encouraged so that individuals can keep track of their movements – however sites must keep a register.

It is very important for everyone who is permitted on and around sites to understand and work to these protocols.

The protocols are a ‘living document’ and will be updated as new advice develops.

We understand that moving back to these levels of restrictions is challenging, but we have done this before. We know that if we all follow the guidelines and work together we can do it again.