BUILDERS across Wiltshire are taking different approaches to the coronavirus outbreak.

Some are carrying on working at sites while others have pulled the plug.

John Price, commercial director for Rigg Construction of Melksham, said: “The current situation has had a dramatic impact on us. We have had to make the decision to close our sites and offices, with office staff working from home.

“We are working hard to ensure we can look after our staff as best we can. People look above them for answers and they are not always easy to find. It’s not practical, though, for work to continue on our five live sites under the government guidelines.

“We rely on sub-contractors and suppliers, as without them we can’t do the work. Materials for some jobs are already running out.

“We have had to bring things to a standstill and advise our clients of our decisions and they all understand our reasons.

“Obviously there are costs incurred for us, but you have to look at the bigger picture. People’s health is the priority. It’s a really difficult position for everyone. We are all hoping that this will be over soon and we can get back to some form of normality."

A spokesman at Winvic Construction Ltd, which has started construction at St Modwen Park in Chippenham, said: “At present, construction is continuing. Both St Modwen and our main contractor on the development have strong measures in place to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our on-site teams, which are being asked to adopt strict standards around hygiene in line with government and NHS guidance.”

Sean Hammerton, of Pegasus Gas, from Bradford on Avon, said: “I am still getting work. I’m being extra careful. I’m a small business, but if people need me then I am here for them. I’m taking extra precautions, washing my hands and equipment, using gel and checking if people are in self-isolation or not.”