COVID-19: Building and construction sector guidance on MBIE’s Building Performance website
The NZIOB has fielded several queries from members in relation to what building work constitutes essential services. Construction practitioners should use the following questions to reach a pragmatic decision on whether their proposed building work would be viewed as an essential service:
- A) Is the work required immediately to ensure the continuation of an essential service, or prevent the failure of an essential service; or
B) Is the work required immediately to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of people, or avoid significant environmental harm?
- Is the work you are performing the bare minimum required to meet the criteria above?
If you answered yes to both of these questions, your work may be considered essential, however, it is important to assess your specific situation and satisfy yourself that the criteria in the Government definition of essential services has been met.
If your work is not essential, or you’re unsure if it’s essential, you should defer the work to when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. New Zealand needs to restrict movement and human contact as much as possible to slow the spread of the virus.
The above questions and additional guidelines can be viewed here.
If there is still doubt, the MBIE Building Performance team can be reached via firstname.lastname@example.org.