July 8, 2020
When the lockdown became intense, tradespeople found it very difficult to go into homes to work. Even building materials became scarce. Some amendments made to trading rules mean that tradespeople are now allowed to visit houses. However, there are some specific guidelines that workers engaging in renovation work must follow in the coming weeks.
The important guideline
The new guideline says that both household members and the tradespersons working in their homes should be healthy and free of the coronavirus symptoms. As applicable to other businesses, tradespeople must take all necessary precautions by maintaining at least 1 metre physical distance at all times while working in other people's homes. Also, they should strictly abide by the rules of social distancing.
Stay away from working in any home where its occupants are isolating, or where a person who is highly susceptible to the virus is sheltering-in-place; unless there is an emergency need for the repairs of a fault which poses a risk to the occupants of the house.
By no means should a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms carry out any work in any household, no matter how small the work is.
It is also advisable to postpone non-essential work. Do study the new stay at home guidance measures for households and get ready to ask for the requirements.
Is it safe to work in a customer's household?
Many tradespeople have initiated extra precautionary measures to ensure their safety at work. It is, however, essential to adhere strictly to the guidelines highlighted below. They include:
A quick recap
Here is a recap of the recent guidelines the government urges tradespeople to follow when visiting a household:
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"Information correct as of July 08, 2020"