14 April 2020 – Update 1 to Note on procurement and contractual matters associated with the Covid-19 Response Measures

On 27th March 2020, the Government announced public health measures [“Public Health Measures”] that were to apply from 28th March until April 12th 2020 to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The Public Health Measures [available here] were subsequently published on 28th March 2020.

Regulations have come into force with effect from 8 April 2020 (i.e. Health Act 1947 (Section 31a – Temporary Restrictions) (Covid-19) Regulations 2020[1]) (the “Regulations”). The Regulations largely mirror the Public Health Measures as published on 28th March 2020.

On the 10th April, the Government extended the Public Health Measures (and the Regulations) for a duration of 3 weeks to apply until midnight of the 4th May 2020.

The Public Health Measures provide that people must stay at home unless engaged in providing essential services.  Essential construction services are set out at section 5 of the “List of essential service providers under new public health guidelines”[2].

On foot of the [continuation] of the Public Health Measures, the Office of Government Procurement (‘OGP’) has issued this revised note (‘Note’). The Note replaces the one previously published on 19th March 2020 by the OGP in response to the then public health measures [as were announced by the Government on 12th March 2020].

As the Public Health Measures are further updated by Government this Note will be amended, as necessary.  Link to Update 1 to Note dated 14 April 2020 available here.

[1] SI 121/2020

[2] See also Regulation 3 of SI 121/2020