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I am an electrician/plumber/builder/carpenter/roofer/scaffolder. What should I do?

Building and other trades are permitted to increase their activity for outdoor work with phase 2 hygiene requirements remaining in place. This means that there are no long restrictions on the number of people working on each site, but 2 metre social distancing and hygiene measures must be maintained.

Indoor building and allied work within houses is permitted under strict hygienic precautions. However, this will be limited to two people unless Health & Safety guidance indicates more than two people are required, for example to lift a heavy object. All indoor work must be carried out away from the occupiers of the household. If the house or premises is unoccupied more workers can be on site, as long as social distancing of 2 metres is maintained unless close contact is required on an ad-hoc basis for Health and Safety reasons – for example lifting a heavy object. Activity within occupied households by a limited number of tradesmen is permitted under strict guidelines unless:

Either those attending the household or anyone resident in it has or has had any symptoms consistent with of COVID-19 within the last 48 hours;

  • Anyone in the household is under a compulsory isolation order;
  • Anyone in the household is considered medically vulnerable.

This now includes trades such as carpet fitters, curtain fitters, alarm companies and audio/visual companies.  At this time it does not include domestic cleaners and cleaning services.

Further information on operational requirements can be found here under the “Gardening, building and other trades with no household contact” section.