COVID-19: The New Normal, Social Distancing on Site, and Other Pandemic Problems
COVID-19 has disrupted construction and infrastructure projects across the world in multiple ways - from mandatory closure of all site operations as a result of steps taken by governments to cancellation or deferments of projects due to steep drop in actual and projected demand.
Partners from London, Hong Kong, and Singapore share their experiences and provide helpful tips on how international construction and infrastructure projects are dealing with:
- Claims: extensions of time, delay and disruption issues arising from COVID-19, including force majeure clauses and other events which may give rise to entitlement, looking at:
- the approaches taken in standard forms such as FIDIC, NEC3/4, LOGIC;
- is there a 'market norm' approach;
- clauses to consider for new contracts;
- Termination of contracts during COVID-19;
- Thorny questions: a brief look at the responsibilities and problems raised by social distancing and other return to work issues;
- The new normal: 'cash is king,' retention of title clauses, insolvency and other issues affecting international contracts impacted by COVID-19.