WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND PERMITTED BUSINESS ACTIVITIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND RELATED SERVICES (INCLUDING TRADE PERSONS) SECTOR UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?

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Published: May 2, 2020

If your business operates within the construction sector, the following business activities within the sector are permitted unless otherwise specified:

  • Civil engineering for public works projects (including water, energy, sanitation)
  • Public works in civil engineering and construction work.
  • Road and bridge projects, including local road repairs.
  • Critical maintenance and repairs

In addition, Alert Level 4 also permits the following supply chain-related activities:

  • Production, manufacturing, supply, logistics, transport, delivery and critical maintenance and repair of goods and services (including components and equipment) required for the production or rendering of permitted goods and services.

 

Workplace Safety

Anybody in the sector that is able to work from home during Alert Level 4 should do so.

Anybody falling under the specific activities mentioned above can work outside the home and can travel to and from work under Alert Level 4.

This is subject to:
–        Strict health protocols, and social distancing rules;
–        Phased-in return to work to enable measures to make the workplace is COVID-ready
–        Returning to work to be done in a manner that avoids and reduces risks of infection.

Anybody that is permitted to work outside their home under Level 4 must carry a Permit to Perform an Essential or Permitted Service (click here to download), issued by the head of the company or institution. This permit must always be accompanied by identification.

The Department of Small Business Development may issue further Directions related to small and micro enterprises, co-operatives, informal traders and spaza shops. (This question will be updated if such Directions are issued).

This is set out in the Disaster Management Regulations issued on 29 April 2020, available here.

 

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