Tradespeople across the UK are asking if they can still work during the Covid-19 outbreak. The short answer is yes, but there are guidelines in place to ensure that they can work safely and prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Are Tradespeople Allowed To Work During The Outbreak?
Tradespeople across the UK should be happy to know that they can work if the jobs they are doing can be considered essential & they're not exhibiting signs of the Covid-19 viral infection. The tradesperson & customers must also follow existing social distancing rules, including making sure they maintain a 2-metre distance from any members of the household they're working in.
When Should A Tradesperson Not Work?
Tradespeople should not work in any household that is isolating - or anywhere an individual has been classed as 'at-risk' - unless the work can be considered to be responding to an emergency & only if the tradesperson is willing to do so.
Finally, no work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has or is exhibiting coronavirus symptoms of any kind or severity.
What Safety Measures Can Be Put In Place?
Any tradesperson who plans to work at any property, household or building should make themselves aware of the standard safety measures they need to put in place to safely work - it is the tradesperson's responsibility to enforce these, just as it was before the outbreak.
During this current period, where social distancing measures are being recommended by the NHS, there are also several Covid-19-related measures that must be followed & enforced. They include:
Keeping a 2-metre distance from any members of a household/company & other individuals.
Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds at regular intervals.
Never touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth especially when with other people.
If you do need to cough or sneeze, do it in your shoulder & wash your hands afterwards.
Are There Any Trade-Specific Rules To Follow?
If your trade has any kind of professional trade body, they might have issued further advice specifically created for you & other members of that trade. A great example is the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council which has issued guidance for its members.
The rules it suggests are worth following no matter which trade you specialise in, or if you're looking for some extra guidance on good practice. They include:
Calling ahead on the day of work to see if your customers have signs of the virus, have just been diagnosed, are self-isolating & to check if they're still comfortable with you showing up to work.
Don't shake hands when greeting your customers.
Ask any occupants to stay in another room away from where you're working.
Keep the room you're working in well ventilated.
Wear gloves while you're working.
Try not to collect a signature at the end of the job if possible.
Minimise person-to-person contact where possible.
What Does The Government Say Tradespeople Should Do?
The guidance on the Government's websites state that any work carried out in people's homes by a tradesperson carrying out repairs & maintenance "can continue, provided that the tradesperson is well & is not showing coronavirus symptoms & neither they nor any of their household are self-isolating".
The Government is also stressing that tradespeople follow all NHS social distancing guidelines, especially maintaining a 2-metre distance from any household occupants.
Contact The Covid-19 Small Business Support Team For More Information
If you have any questions about mortgage holidays or any other financial support available during the Covid-19 outbreak, please call the Covid-19 Small Business Support Team for free on 0808 196 3900 (8:30am - 5:30pm, Monday-Thursday. 9am - 5pm, Friday). Or, take a look at our Covid-19 Small Business Support information hub.