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houseEngineering News reports that despite certain sections of the construction industry returning to work under Level 4 of the national Covid-19 lockdown, the industry is currently only working at between 10% and 15% of its capacity.  

Construction on public projects, such as roads, water, sanitation, power, schools and hospitals, had been allowed to continue under Level 4, which kicked off on 1 May.  In terms of current planning, work on commercial buildings will only be able to restart at Level 3, with private residential projects having to wait until Level 2.  According to Industry Insight senior economist David Metelerkamp, many contractors did not go straight back to work on 1 May, with some taking two to three weeks to return, while yet others were still not yet back on site.  He reported that a survey showed that contractors were battling to obtain the correct permits to get back to work.  Another problem was that there was no single set of regulations managing the health and safety measures to be implemented at construction sites to contain the spread of Covid-19.  Metelerkamp commented:  “Even though a sizeable chunk of the industry can go back to work, this hasn’t really happened, and we are operating at a really low level.  This needs to speed up to a large degree if we want to see any sort of return to normality.”

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