CIHT Coronavirus Statement

The latest updates and news on the Coronavirus situation from CIHT, plus get your voice heard and relevant industry announcements.


CIHT Operations

Please see below regarding how CIHT will be continuing to operate and provide services to members


Highways Sector Council: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operating Procedures – Protecting our highways workforce

The recently formed Highways Sector Council (HSC), in which CIHT is a core member, has published practical guidance for the local highways.

The ‘COVID-19 Local Highways Safe Operating Procedures document’, developed by the HSC’s COVID-19 focus working group, is designed to address the specific issues faced by local highways maintenance workers against the backdrop of the coronavirus.

Although based upon the construction industry guidance created by the Construction Leadership Council, the HSC guidance goes further, and addresses specific challenges related to the local highways sector. In particular, it specifically considers operational highways activity at maintenance and improvements sites, as well as at highway depots.  

It provides guidance on social distancing and avoiding close working, handwashing, cleaning, travel, site access, eating arrangements and procedures to follow if someone falls ill.

Latest Government Guidelines

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease in England, the government has issued new advice on returning to work. Please find the latest advice linked below. 

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy 

Working safely during COVID-19 in construction and other outdoor work. Guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed (11/05/20) Available here. 

Department for Transport 

COVID-19: safer travel guidance for passengers. Walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus outbreak. (12/05/20). Available here.

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government 

Guidance for local councils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Available here.



Lastest Guidance from the Devolved Nations 


Please find the latest guidance for Wales here.


Please find the latest guidance for Scotland here.

Northern Ireland 

Please find the latest guidance for Northern Ireland here.




NHS London Request for PPE

NHS London have made a request to CIHT via the Construction Leadership Council for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). The full request list is available here but includes Full Face Visors, Hand Sanitiser, Hazmat Suits and Logistics / Transport Support. If you or your organisation are able to help, please make contact with


Latest CIHT News on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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CIHT Podcasts

Streets for walking and cycling during Covid-19

27 April 2020

Barriers to imposing car-free streets are being lifted following a government decision to enable key workers to walk or cycle more safely. This podcast features an interview with Roger Geffen, Policy Director at Cycling UK.

How to manage our highways during Covid-19

16 April 2020

New guidance is allowing the highways sector to maintain worker safety and social distancing, while aiming to operate as close to business as usual as possible

What is the link between air pollution and coronavirus?

27th Mar 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has led to huge drop in air pollution. In a new CIHT podcast Paul Monks, professor of air pollution at the University of Leicester, discusses the important lessons to learn. Monks is the former chair of the UK government’s science advisory committee on air quality.

How do we make resilient infrastructure for a safer world and what are implications from Covid 19

20th Mar 2020

Relevant to today's global events as the world looks to respond to, and be resilient to, Covid 19 - a global pandemic this CIHT podcast explores global resilience Featuring an interview with Juliet Mian, an infrastructure resilience expert. Juliet has many years of experience on a wide range of infrastructure projects across many sectors. She is Technical Director of Resilience Shift, Associate Director at Arup and also a UK representative to PIARC.


Latest Blog Posts

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Health & Wellbeing

Highways England Recommendations for Working From Home


Industry Updates on Coronavirus

Below are a number of recent information releases on Coronavirus that may be of interest.


Coronavirus (COVID-19): transport and travel guidance

Information for people using transport or working in the transport sector during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here.

Department for Transport

Are regularly producing advice and industry relevant update - available here

Royal Academy of Engineering

Initiative 'Engineering response to COVID-19 Available here

The Construction Leadership Council

Working safely during COVID-19 (13/05/20). Available here.

has published details on how construction sites can operate consistently during the Covid-19 crisis. Find out more here

Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)

Are producing regular updates and the latest one is available here

Construction Industry Council (CIC)

They are providing regular briefings that we are circulating to members. Below are more details:
CIC Circular on Construction Policy Relating to Covid19 in other countries. See here


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