However, there are some staffing issues in construction. Construction workers from Eastern Europe in particular are not working, and some have returned to their home countries, fearful that they would otherwise not be able to get home. Anyone who can work somewhere else rather than on the construction site (planners, etc.) is being instructed to do so. Staff from the ZuidPlus construction consortium that is developing Zuidasdok are also working from home as far as possible. In addition, many companies are applying a stricter on-site hygiene policy, including taking meals in shifts. The companies have to apply and enforce the measures themselves. Construction sector organisation Bouwend Nederland has also drawn up guidelines relating to the coronavirus, reflecting the advice of the RIVM (Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment).
The business community
The offices of almost all of the service companies are virtually empty as huge numbers of people work from home. Everyone at ABN AMRO, from the work floor through to senior management, is working in two shifts. Half are working from home, the other half at the office. After a week, the shifts swap over. Its Zuidas office has also been divided into six departments, separated from each other. The bank is doing this in an effort to guarantee services. Like many in the financial and legal service industries, the staff at Deloitte have to deal with their own policy and that of their clients. If they differ, Deloitte applies the strictest policy. In almost all cases, that means working from home. The large law firms have also taken drastic measures. Staff at such firms as De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, NautaDuthilh and AKD are working from home. As far as possible, meetings are being held by phone and videoconferencing. International travel has also been cancelled, including at Baker McKenzie.