Should I be working during lockdown?
With devolved assemblies taking different approaches throughout the pandemic, it's easy to lose track of what you’re allowed to do in which areas of the UK. This is perhaps most true for tradespeople who largely have been allowed to be the exception to the rule of not going around other people’s houses. But, is this still the case during our third lockdown?
In England, the government’s advice remains that where it is necessary to work in other people’s homes, you can do so. Tradespeople are therefore at will to carry on projects, on the condition they adhere to the government’s guidance on working safely during coronavirus.
Meanwhile in Scotland the advice is that tradespeople should only go into a house to carry out or deliver essential work or services. These include utility safety checks, repairs, maintenance, and installation; as well as repairs and maintenance that would otherwise threaten the household’s health and safety. While carrying out work, Scottish authorities advise that tradespeople stay 2 metres away from the people who live there, wear a face covering and follow good hand and respiratory hygiene.
Lastly, but by no means least, the Welsh government states that work in other people’s homes can proceed so long as it is “reasonably necessary” and that there is no “reasonable alternative”. This includes repairs, construction work and maintenance which homeowners are unable to do themselves. However, they stress that tradespeople follow their guidance for working in other people’s homes.
In summary, whilst respect must be afforded to the severity of the situation at present through maintaining social distancing, isolating when you have symptoms, and wearing PPE; installers are by and large allowed to keep working. It’s important they are supplied with what they’ll need as we journey through the winter months.
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