1. EUROPE: MAP TO BORDERS REOPENING COUNTRY BY COUNTRY
As European countries begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions, many people across the continent have begun thinking about whether they can have a holiday this summer.
But where can you access and what is still off-limits?
There is a mixed picture across Europe, with the usually easy travel across the Schengen Area restricted.
Almost every country has its own rules in place and its own timetable for reopening to tourists, both from its EU neighbors and further afield.
2. TRENCH SAFETY MONTH
Sponsored by the National Utility Contractors Association, this year’s event marks the first time it will be part of the inaugural Trench Safety Month.
“Making this June Trench Safety Month emphasizes the valuable training and experiences our members’ employees are gaining through the Trench Safety Stand Down week held annually in June throughout our industry,” says Doug Carlson, NUCA CEO.
It comes as more civils firms are enjoying improved safety performance during the coronavirus crisis which has thrown the spotlight onto safer site working.
Part of the safety crackdown across the road network involves a fresh focus on eradicating utility strikes.
Contractors are being told to adopt a new set of common standards, which involves investment in greater data capture and more focus on designs that avoid the need to work over/under/adjacent to live utilities.
3. Middle East’s largest utility-scale PV plant
The project is not only the largest utility-scale PV plant in the Middle East to date, but is also one of the world’s largest PV plants with single-axis trackers and bifacial modules.
Arctech Solar’s SkyLine(1P) tracking system equipped with bifacial modules was a match for the project as the project was set up in the harsh tropical desert environment. Arctech’s SkyLine trackers are capable of adapting to all types of climates and terrains due to its self-learning ability and easy installation, which greatly increase the energy yield and lower LCOE.
4. Dubai announces reopening of business activities
HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, it has been announced that business activities across the emirate will see a gradual reopening from 6am to 11pm.
In addition, all businesses are expected to follow prescribed precautionary measures to ensure safety and well-being of customers and staff members in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, UAE’s state run Dubai Media Office reported. There will be no restrictions on movement between 6am and 11pm.
5. Jordan to ease restrictions
The Jordanian government has resumed work at its ministries, official departments, institutions, and public bodies as of Tuesday, May 26; while the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will ease COVID-19 restrictions, resume some economic and commercial activities, and return to normalcy from Thursday, May 28.
After more than two months of suspension of public and government services, since March 17, the government of Jordan will restart services. Measures have been taken “limit the flow of citizens to institutions” and boost electronic services.
6. All construction is allowed to resume in Ontario
Ontario is lifting all restrictions on construction as the number of new COVID-19 cases in the province trends downwards.
In order to ensure physical distancing on site, employers are encouraged to consider:
Staggering start times, breaks and lunches.
Restricting the number of people on-site and where they are assigned to work.
Controlling site movement by limiting the potential for workers to gather, including personnel in material hoists and site trailers.
Limiting the number of people who use elevators and hoists at one time.
Holding meetings in an outside or large space to enable physical distancing.
Limiting unnecessary on-site contact between workers, as well as between workers and outside service providers, and encourage physical distancing in these areas.