Can workmen enter your house in Tier 5 lockdown? Can plumbers and electricians work?

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new Covid lockdown measures at 8pm on Monday, January 4. The national lockdown has been imposed across all areas of England, with rules similar to those initially present during the first lockdown in March. People have been instructed to work from home where possible, but obviously for some professions such as plumbers and electricians, this guidance is no good.

Can workmen enter your house in Tier 5?

In short, yes, workmen can enter your house in the lockdown.

Despite instructing people to work from home where possible, the Government understands not every job can be done behind a computer screen.

For this reason, and likely to minimise the amount of people taking advantage of the Chancellor’s Job Retention Scheme, certain work can go ahead.

This includes workmen, who can go into other people’s homes while in adherence to safety measures.

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Can plumbers and electricians work?

Just as above, plumbers and electricians can continue to work during the lockdown.

The Government guidance states that while you should avoid going into other people’s homes, there are some limited exceptions.

One of these exceptions is for work purposes, and since plumbers and electricians carry out all their work on site, they can continue doing so.

The Government guidance says an exemption “applies to those working in, visiting or delivering to home environments. These include, but are not limited to, people working in the following areas: home workers – such as repair services, fitters, meter readers, plumbers, cleaners, cooks, visiting childcare providers, and surveyors”.

How can I keep safe working in other people’s homes?

Speaking to Express.co.uk, CEO of Rated People Adrienne Minster said: “Under the latest rules, home improvement projects and repairs can still go ahead in England and all tradespeople are instructed to follow the Government’s safety advice and guidelines.

“In mainland Scotland, work can also continue but is limited to essential work, such as repairs and maintenance on key household appliances and utilities.

“Shops providing building materials can also remain open across both countries, helping you and your tradespeople to get the supplies you need for work.”

To reassure you when you’re working in someone else’s home, there are certain things you can expect from the homeowner.

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Ms Minster said: “As with all current interactions, you will need to maintain the two-metre social distancing rule.

“It’s also a good idea to open windows and doors inside the property to ensure good ventilation.”

For homeowners, Ms Minster recommends they clean all surfaces touched by workmen when they leave in an effort to minimise the chances of transmission.

Ms Minster also advises homeowners to “let the tradespeople know if you develop any coronavirus symptoms before, during or shortly after their visit”.

If anyone in your household develops Covid symptoms, you should cancel or reschedule the work immediately to protect workers inside your home, and the same goes for employees entering other people’s homes.

As a tradesperson, call ahead and ask if anyone in the home is sick or in self isolation, and if yes, do everything you can to postpone the job.

Tradespeople should wear a face covering where possible, and make sure they wash their hands at regular intervals.

Discuss the details of the job far in advance over the phone or email to minimise time spent in the house, and do everything possible to receive digital payment rather than handling cash.

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