The Welsh Government confirmed that it would be adopting what it calls a ‘firebreak’ tactic to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
The firebreak will take effect from 6pm on Friday 23rd October 2020 and will last for little over 2 weeks, finishing at 12:01am (the early hours) on Monday 9th November 2020.
Tradespeople WILL be allowed to continue work, as long as COVID Risk Assessments are created and guidance on working in other peoples homes is followed.
Can I carry out building, repair or maintenance work in someone’s home?
Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople, can continue as long as it is managed in a safe way and both the worker and household members are well and have no symptoms of coronavirus. However, we recommend that people consider whether the work can be safely deferred until after this short lockdown.
Like other businesses, people working in someone else’s home must take all reasonable measures to ensure to mitigate the risk of coronavirus spreading when working in other people’s households. Please see the guidance on reasonable measures and on working in other people’s homes for more information.
It is also recommended that no work should be carried out in any household where someone is isolating, unless it is to repair a fault which poses a direct risk to people’s safety – for example, emergency plumbing, or carry out an adaptation to allow that household to remain in their property. If attendance is unavoidable (because of an urgent or emergency situation), additional precautions should be taken to keep workers and householders completely separate from each other. In these cases, Public Health Wales can provide advice to tradespeople and households. But no work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
I have already started building, repair or maintenance work in someone’s home, can I complete that work?
Yes, as long as it is managed in a safe way and both the worker and household members are well and have no symptoms of coronavirus.
Can I carry out work in a vacant property?
You will still need to follow guidance on working in other peoples homes and ensure COVID-19 Risk Assessments are followed.
What business support is available to me throughout this circuit break?
Details of business support can be found here: https://gov.wales/business-support
Where can I find more information about the Welsh circuit break?
Full information about the rules in Wales can be found at: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-circuit-break-frequently-asked-questions
Has anything changed in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland?
The above advice relates to Wales only.
For information about other countries within the United Kingdom, please refer to the following links:
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