ENGLAND: Updated advice for tradespeople

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Prime Minister Johnson has confirmed that England will introduce a new Tier 4 Coronavirus restriction from Thursday 5th November, which is expected to be reviewed on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

Whilst the new Tier 4 restrictions will affect many businesses and instruct people to stay at home, advice to tradespeople (as of 11:30am, 1/11/20) remains unchanged and tradespeople therefore are permitted to continue operation, as long as they do so within government guidelines (Working in other peoples homes).

BiKBBI have requested further clarification from Government, as it did with the Welsh First Minister last month. Further updates will be published when available.

Speaking on behalf of the BiKBBI, CEO Damian Walters said today: “It’s clear that we need to do something as a country. We cannot allow this virus to ravage the nation and push our NHS to breaking point. However, it’s important that we balance the impact on our nation’s physicality, with its mental and economic health. I believe that the guidance already issued to tradespeople is sensible and therefore I see there no reason why the same principles in Wales during their fire break restrictions, cannot be applied in England.”

Damian went on to say: “…that said, we each have a responsibility to slow this spread and as professionals we have a duty to ensure COVID safe measures are implemented in the full, as failure to do so may very well lead to a new, more restrictive tier which we should all do our best to avoid.”

BiKBBI confirmed that it’s head office will remain operational from the 5th, ensuring its own COVID safe operating procedures continue.

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