COVID-19: NS Construction sites among services exempt from 5-person limit

March 22, 2020

Premier Stephen McNeil declared a provincial state of emergency this weekend to stem the spread of COVID-19. The move strengthens the special measures and restrictions on public movement already in place.

Key among these measures are the restrictions on gatherings, which are now restricted to groups of five or less. Those in violation of the social-distancing and self-isolation orders will be issued fines.

It should be noted that the government has identified several groups who are essential and exempt from gathering limits, among these are construction sites. They also include but are not limited to grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, health-care services, community services (e.g. child protection) and criminal justice services, and law enforcement.

CANS is working closely with government to proactively provide leadership in a responsible, responsive and cooperative manner. Nova Scotia’s industries are looking not only for short term relief but also with an eye to the future to ensure that when this eventually passes, we will be in a position to ensure that the recovery period is as short as is possible.

Social distancing and self-isolation are no longer suggestions. Historically, the construction industry is well-versed in public safety, let us be leaders in our response to maintaining public safety and economic stability.

We further recommend that members clearly and deliberately demonstrate compliance and strict enforcement. Only if this occurs, will firms be able to operate. We also recommend that members take measures to ensure the security of their sites in case policy further restricts business operations in the coming days.

We will continue to seek clarification on interprovincial movement of goods and workers.