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coronavirus impact on UK roofing industry

Information on this page last updated: ​Friday 2 April at ​​​​09:53

Coronavirus is having, and will continue to have, a significant impact on the UK roofing industry. While there is a lot of advice in the public domain, the aim of this ​microsite is to signpost you to the most important information relevant to roofing companies and roofers and also to answer the frequently asked questions we are receiving from our members. This information is in ​these main categories:

  1. general advice and information about the virus
  2. the health of you or your employees, both physical health and mental health
  3. the financial support advice and the Government assistance available for companies and self-employed contractors
  4. advice regarding construction sites
  5. the impact on the supply chain from NFRC Supplier Members
  6. separate information for Scotland where it differs from the core advice from HM Government in Westminster

We will be continuously updating this page as new information or advice becomes available that is specifically relevant to the roofing industry.

If you need additional specific advice, please call our Member Hotline on 0​​330 123 471​4*​, email; or complete our coronavirus enquiry form.


Advice in Scotland

3 April: New information to clarify instances where the advice for Scotland differs from the advice being issued by Westminster. Includes site closure recommendations and whose children can still attend school.

Updated Site Operating Procedures

2 April: CLC have issued an updated version of their Site Operating Procedures to be observed during the coronovirus outbreak. Following concerns raised by NFRC and other bodies, this revised guidance has been withdrawn and until further notice the industry should continue to comply with version 1 of the Site Operating Procedures.

Plan to sustain the industry

1 April: Andy Mitchell from Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has sent a letter to the PM Co-signed by all the Taskforce members putting forward a plan to sustain the industry and accelerate recovery of the economy.

Temporary Closure of Sites

1 April: NFRC issues new Guidance Note on considerations when temporarily closing sites.

CITB Updates

1 April: CITB have made announcements regarding suspending the issue of its levy bills and advanced payment of apprenticeship attendance grants.

Roofing Apprentices

31 March: ​The latest guidance from the Department of Education and the Education & Skills Funding Agency ​regarding the changes that the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is making to the apprenticeship programme during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flexibility Around CSCS Cards

31 March: ​Information from Construction Skills Certification Scheme regarding impact of COVID-19 on CSCS cards and recommended temporary measures for sites.

Furloughed Employees

31 March: Updated advice on the new HMRC job retention scheme intended to prevent people being made redundant. 

Construction Sites

31 March: Latest advice on ensuring construction sites that are open provide a safe working environment. Includes letter from The Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy acknowledging construction sites can stay open where safe to do so.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme

27 March: the Government announced a scheme that provides a grant to the self-employed or those in a partnership worth 80% of an individual’s trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next three months. See our Financial Advice page for details.

Work carried out in people's homes

​26 March: HM Government advised:

Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, can continue, provided that the tradesperson is well and has no symptoms.

Again, it will be important to ensure that Public Health guidelines, including maintaining a two-metre distance from any household occupants, are followed to ensure everyone’s safety.

No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual is being shielded, unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs, and where the tradesperson is willing to do so. In such cases, Public Health England can provide advice to tradespeople and households.

No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.

Keeping Sites Operational

25 March: As members of Build UK the NFRC supports its position on Keeping Sites Operational and urge all our members who have questions over this matter to read their statement issued on 25 March.

2​4 March: On BBC Breakfast time Michael Gove said construction should continue on site so long as social-distancing measures were followed. On Good Morning Britain, Mr Gove provided further detail, saying that when a site is empty, construction workers could carry on, providing they adhere to social distancing. However, he said that if the repairs and maintenance of existing buildings where there are already families living in, they should not be having works done and workers should not be entering the site.

​Some developers have taken the decision to close their sites. For the sites that are continuing to operate, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has published Site Operating Procedures during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic,developed by Build UK, to implement the Government’s social distancing requirements and minimise the risk of spread of infection. The NFRC recommends any contractor continuing to operate to implement these procedures to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

23 March: ​The Prime Minister stressed the urgency that everyone must now stay at home except in exceptional circumstances, to protect the NHS and save lives. All non-essential premises must now close. The advice was clear—stay at home, avoid all social interaction, and only travel to work if absolutely necessary. There is no specific mention of construction.

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Site Operating ProceduresSite Operating Procedures 23 March 2020

Download the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Site Operating Procedures for social distancing requirements to minimise the risk of spread of infection.

BUILD UK—Impact on Construction

Build UKThrough our membership of Build UK, members can view their daily updates on behalf of the construction industry here:

Members are also encouraged to advise us of matters which might involve other Build UK members.

Please contact our dedicated helpline 0330 123 4714* or email if you have any question not covered by these FAQs (for personal health issues please refer to the NHS). We are regularly monitoring updates from the NHS, Government and our industry partners to ensure we keep our information current and relevant.

The hotline is available to NFRC members only. An 0330 number is the cost of a local call, wherever you are calling from within the UK. In most cases it is also within your 'inclusive minutes' for your mobile phone contract; so most callers will not be charged for calling the helpline from a mobile phone.