Government issue instructions for tradespeople working in homes and clarifies business closure rules
By James Young | 26th March 2020
Further guidance has been released by the Government in response to Monday's virtual lockdown announcement.
The new advice, published this morning, repeats the instructions about which businesses premises are exempt from the current enforced closures.
As well as the re-released list, advice has been given regarding offices that need to remain open and have people onsite to carry-out critical tasks.
The statement released by the Cabinet Office said: "Employers who have people in their offices or onsite should ensure that employees are able to follow Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a two metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available."
Clarification is also given on construction work and repair work being carried out in homes by tradespeople.
The statement said: "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."
The full Cabinet Office statement can be found here
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