News: More than 19,000 suspended home renovation projects given green light to resume

Jun 15, 2020

BCA noted that the resumption of renovation works will depend on the companies’ availability of supplies and manpower.

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) on Saturday (13 June) announced that over 19,000 suspended home renovation projects have been given the approval to resume work.

New home renovation works as well as new and previously suspended renovation projects for non-residential premises can resume from 15 June.

BCA noted that the resumption of renovation works will depend on the companies’ availability of supplies and manpower.

It added that companies can submit their applications to BCA if their workers are Construction Work Permit and S Pass Holders and if such workers “were not listed in earlier approved applications to restart suspended residential renovation works”.

Upon receiving BCA approval, workers residing in HDB premises and private residential properties can start work. Those residing in dormitories, however, can only start work once their dormitories have been cleared of Covid-19.

“All construction workers who are Work Permit or S Pass holders, will subsequently need to undergo regular COVID-19 testing after they start work. BCA will assist companies with scheduling these tests,” explained BCA.

Companies conducting renovation works also have to comply with BCA’s COVID-Safe Workforce and COVID-Safe Worker Accommodation and Transport criteria, as well as the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Safe Management Measures at workplaces.

Aside from renovation work, BCA revealed that it has also allowed over 300 construction projects to resume work. It added that it is also closely working with construction companies on another 250 projects to help them resume work safely.

“This is necessary to prevent another COVID-19 outbreak among construction workers, who account for the majority of COVID-19 cases in Singapore,” it said.

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Victor Kang, Digital Content Specialist at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email victorkang@propertyguru.com.sg

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