Should construction be stopped when so many persons are in self-isolation?

construction site
Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Dr Tanya Melillo, Public Health Consultant in the Infectious disease unit said that she can empathise with the suffering of those staying at home and constantly bombarded by noises of nearby construction. She said that by law, there should not be more than 3 persons on a construction site and added that in her opinion, all construction work should stop. However, she made it clear that that was her personal opinion given that her remit was tied to health and not to issuing directives. was inundated with calls, particularly by elderly people because of construction work being carried out next door. “We are battered by noise constantly – ceaseless excavation works, no social distancing whatsoever” was atypical complaint. Another person said that where works have not started yet, these should not be allowed to start: “Do not keep making out lives a time of fear and misery” complained another person.

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