21 Apr Can I let tradespeople into my home during lockdown?
With ‘lockdown’ procedures being extended by another 3 weeks, and having been cooped up at home for what seems like an age already, there might be maintenance jobs outstanding on your home or you might have an urgent problem that needs sorting. But is it safe to let works go ahead into your home or should you wait until lockdown measures have been lifted?
Homeowners and renters have many questions right now, one of which is whether it’s OK to allow tradespeople into our homes to make repairs to things like boilers and sinks.
The most up to date information released by the Government, from Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick, advises:
“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.
“Again, it will be important to ensure that Public Health England guidelines, including maintaining a two-metre distance from any household occupants, are followed to ensure everyone’s safety.
“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 to let tradespeople into my home at this time?
What this advice means is that essential maintenance, such as boiler repairs and leaks, can continue to go ahead as normal providing all parties stick to the Public Health England guidelines.
But all non-essential work, like extensions and new kitchens, should not be carried out.
If you’re really 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 an electrician, plumber or gas engineer may be able to help solve your problem remotely. They may be available via Skype, FaceTime or Google Hangouts.
But if a tradesperson does need to visit your home, there are certain things you can do to protect yourself and avoid spreading the virus.
- Keep your distance from any visitors and avoid physical contact
- 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
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