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Can I let tradespeople into my home during lockdown?

Are you halfway through a new kitchen/ bathroom being fitted? Is your boiler due a service?  Are you desperate for some repairs to be done?

While we’re still largely being told to stay at home to tackle COVID-19, you may question whether you can or should continue having essential work done at your property.

The good news is yes.

Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, can continue, provided that the tradesperson is well and has no symptoms.

No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual is being shielded, unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs, and where the tradesperson is willing to do so.

In such cases, Public Health England can provide advice to tradespeople and households.

No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.

 

So, is it safe for workmen to come into my home at this time?

In simple terms yes, as long as the tradesperson DOES NOT have coronavirus symptoms, however mild.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out further changes to lockdown measures in England on Tuesday 23 June to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs.

If you’re unsure about what to do, a good idea as a first port of call is to see if a professional can offer their services over the phone.  Depending on the problem you have, you may even find that some tradespeople may be able to help solve your problem remotely – maybe via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime or Google Hangouts.  It’s always worth exploring this option.  You can contact us about this here.

If a tradesperson does need to visit your home, there are certain things you can do to protect yourself and avoid spreading the virus.

You should:

  • Keep your distance from any visitors and avoid physical contact – Following a review, the Prime Minister has also set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home such as door handles, light switches and your kettle

Since the beginning of the outbreak and subsequent lockdown, we have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we remain compliant with the current restrictions and Government advice.  More information on how we are currently operating can be found here.

We can’t wait to support all of our clients once again with all of their residential, rental and commercial property repair, refurbishment and maintenance projects.

There are lots of opportunities and ways in which we can support new clients, too.  If you’d like to have a chat with one of the team, feel free to drop us a line here. We would love to hear from you.

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