Construction, manufacture and retrofit businesses in England are expecting few major changes from existing practices when the new national lockdown measures come into effect on Thursday (Nov 5).

Most significantly, in the wake of the confusion and mixed messages at the start of the first lockdown, the government announcement clearly specifies that work is permitted ‘including if your job involves working in other people’s homes’ as well as at any workplace where the work cannot be done from home.

The ‘as you were’ message is being widely supported across the industry today as many major players take to social media to assure they will be working as usual wherever possible.

The new rules for England will come into force just as businesses in Wales approach the end of its own short-term ‘Fire break’ period and return to looser measures.

All the usual pandemic workplace practices such as sanitising, face coverings and distancing of course remain in place and the former tier-based regulations are expected to be restored if and when the current restrictions end on December 2 as planned.

The furlough scheme has also been extended until December with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.