Stimulus measures to jumpstart construction sector

In an effort to support those working in the construction sector hit by the pandemic, the Prince’s government has adopted stimulus measures to partially compensate for the delays caused by the closure of sites, as well as to ensure proper compliance with health and safety regulations.

The measures include, for a large number of current worksites, a new arrival time for journeymen of 6.30am, in order to avoid a massive influx of all workers at 7.30am. This is to enable all workers to organise social distancing procedures when taking their posts.

Working hours are extended from 7.30 am to 9pm from Monday to Friday, though some sites will be authorised to work Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, with an 8am arrival time. On weekdays, arrival to the site is allowed from 7am with work running from 8am to 8pm.  

In addition, the activities carried out in these extended time slots must not create undue noise. All percussion and drilling work is therefore prohibited from Monday to Friday before 8.30am and after 7.30pm. On Saturdays, noise may not commence before 9.30am and must end at 12.30pm. In the event of non-compliance, the time changes may be revoked at any time. 

“The Government wished to respond to the requests of Monegasque construction industry players and support them in resuming their activities, while bearing in mind that the measures implemented must strike a fair balance between this support for the construction sector and the preservation of the quality of life of Monegasques and residents of the Principality,” Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Equipment, Environment and Town Planning said in a statement.

The measures will apply, initially, until 31st December 2020, though this could change. Public holidays when work will not be permitted are Saturday, 15th August, Thursday 19th November, Friday, 25th December and Friday 1st January 2021.

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