I am interested to know people’s opinion with regard to the effect of COVID-19 on notification periods that exist under the NEC4 contract.
The contract on the project in question is Option B. The effect of the COVID-19 lockdown was/ is that the government enacted legislation to cease all non-essential work. In the case of our contract work, stopped on site. Office work could have continued via working from home, so was the Contractor compelled to still meet the contractual requirements with regard to issuing notifications within the contract-specified period - eg. Cl.61.3 - or is the effect of a shutdown, enforced by legislative enactment, to place all such notification periods on standstill, until the lockdown is lifted?