The Government have now provided guidance for working in domestic homes and properties including information for tradespeople undertaking decorating and improvement work in domestic properties.
Work can now take place even if it is not deemed essential - please follow this link to the Government website for full information:
Summarised by the PDA, the key points in this guidance for tradespeople undertaking work are as follows:
- Tradespeople should contact the household in advance to check that no member of the household is showing symptoms of coronavirus or self-isolating. If they are, works should be delayed.
- No work should be carried out by a person who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
- Tradespeople should wash their hands on entering the property using separate towels or paper towels, which need to be washed or disposed of safely after use.
- Tradespeople should seek to minimise contact with homeowners and remain 2 metres apart from householders at all times.
- Tradespeople should implement a buddy system and ensure that the same people work together where this is needed.
- Tradespeople should bring their own refreshments but you should ensure they have access to handwashing facilities, using separate towels or paper towels if possible, which should be washed or disposed of safely afterwards.
Please note these guidelines are relevant to tradesmen England only. Those who are based in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are subject to different guidance.