Most Manawatū construction and development projects will likely halt for at least four-weeks. Manawatū's construction industry is keeping calm, despite being thrown into an enforced period of inactivity by the looming lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The industry was expecting this move eventually, but tradespeople and companies are facing confusion about which of their contracts will count as essential. "The only essential work we'd do is if a building caught fire and was spreading asbestos around the neighbourhood. TKR Electrical owner Amelia Rae said a few electrical jobs would likely count as essential work, but she was double-checking.
Source: Stuff March 23, 2020 07:41 UTC