COVID-19: Information and Resources Centre - all RIAI information, tips and links in one place

COVID-19: Information and Resources Centre - all RIAI information, tips and links in one place

Message from the RIAI President, Ciarán O'Connor, 28 May 2020

Economic Recovery and COVID-19

Dear Members,

We are entering the most crucial and critical period of the pandemic in the weeks and months ahead. Those decisions taken will define our economic recovery. We have to balance public health, economic health and societal health. No one element can ignore the other two elements.  Without a viable economy, we will not have a sustainable society or a properly functioning public health system.  

We need to be open to looking at all variables and risk assess them, from two metre to one metre distancing, to wearing masks, and everything in between. There are huge potential differences in economic, societal and health outcomes that must be considered in unison. Ireland should not be significantly misaligned in the recovery stages compared to other European countries. We should not be too conservative or too rash in our recovery reopening options. Our recovery will vary from one to four years depending on the difference between the best to worst case scenario. The balancing of risk and result has not been so important for many years.
 
The RIAI is hosting a new RIAI CPD Webinar on Thursday morning, 11 June entitled Returning to the Office. The aim of the course is to help Architectural practices prepare for a phased return to office work. It will focus on health and safety assessments, protocol duties, the role and duties of the employer and employee, office issues, site inspections, and lots more. Don't miss it.

Ciaran O’Connor FRIAI
RIAI President 2020-2021