You are all well aware of the PM’s announcement on 23 March.
The government has provided a list of essential services that are to continue on Alert Level 4. There is a heading where essential services apply for us:
Building and Construction
Building and construction related to essential services, critical infrastructure, or immediately needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work.
For all other jobs, you have until Wednesday 25 March basically to secure the work you have in progress. You need to secure materials and temporary protection for buildings you are working on. Remove tools and equipment and secure these on your premises. You will get pressure from your clients. People first-not buildings.
Any contracts you have will now have the Force Majeure clause activated where applicable.
I have fielded calls from members wanting to know what they should do with deposits they have from clients. People will request the deposit back in some cases, as their roof is not a priority for them in the current situation. It would be wise and ethical to give them their money back.
You will have commitments to your staff. You may be able to get some to take leave. Be careful that you follow the correct processes if you are making people redundant.
The Government has offered more support for businesses. We will keep you informed of any updates.
RANZ is here to offer support and advice where we can. We are still working.
Kia Kaha. Be strong and follow the Government’s advice.
Chief Executive Officer, Roofing Association of New Zealand