Acting on behalf of the Client, I have recently come across the Contractor applying for costs for staff (who are usually Proving the Works within the Working Area) who are self isolating and as a result, not currently Providing the Works. The Contractor argues this is the same as an absence due to sickness and holidays, or is covered under working in special circumstances.
My view is it is not a sickness or holiday, nor is it working in special circumstances (the person isolating is not working).
The SCC states an amount is included only if it is incurred to Provide the Works.
Any advice or viewpoints on the above would be appreciated.