Manitoba deems construction essential, associations seek clarification on safety

April 8, 2020

As per a new public health order, construction has been deemed critical service in Manitoba, but construction associations are seeking safety guidelines to protect workers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo www.bigstockphoto.com[1]
As per a new public health order, construction has been deemed critical service in Manitoba, but construction associations are seeking safety guidelines to protect workers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Photo www.bigstockphoto.com

The Manitoba government has announced a new public health order to close all non-critical businesses from April 1 to April 14 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, construction has been deemed critical service in the province and is exempt from this order.

Under this order, businesses are exempt if they are engaged in construction work or services:

The Manitoba Building Trades[2] and the Construction Labour Relations Association of Manitoba[3] said the province has not provided clear instructions for trades to do their job safely while dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Winnipeg Free Press[4] reported.

The two associations released their own set of comprehensive guidelines[5] to protect workers, their families, and the community from possible infection and illness. The document, which includes safety measures, will help Manitoba’s contractors and workers keep their worksites as safe as possible.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Opener-14.jpg
  2. Manitoba Building Trades: https://mbtrades.ca/
  3. Construction Labour Relations Association of Manitoba: http://www.clram.ca/
  4. Winnipeg Free Press: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/
  5. guidelines: https://mbtrades.ca/covid-19safety/

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