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Posted on: 2nd November 2020

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How does the second lockdown affect tradespeople working at your property?

AS we all get used to the idea of a second national lockdown commencing 5th November, what does this mean in terms of having a tradesperson visit your home to carry out work?

Many traders may still be playing ‘catch up’ with their workload as a result of the first lockdown in the spring, and are keen to continue to work in a COVID-safe way.

Providing that social distancing measures and other regulations are met, you ARE permitted to ask a tradesperson to carry out work on your property (inside and out) or in your garden. The new lockdown does NOT apply to them or anyone in the construction industry. Any scheduled work does not need to be cancelled. It is personal choice on the part of the customer, as long as a few simple rules are adhered to.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Government guidance is that tradespeople can continue to work providing they are well, and they or no-one in their household has COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If your neighbour has tradespeople visiting their home; they are NOT flouting the social distancing rules simply by having work carried out at their property.
  • As a tradesperson or cleaner, you should maintain a safe distance (at least 2 metres) from any household occupants at all times, and ensure good ventilation in the area where they are working, including opening the window.
  • Any households self-isolating due to COVID-19 should postpone any scheduled appointments.
  • Before attending a job, maintenance workers should contact families 20 minutes before they arrive so homeowners can prepare to keep a safe 2 metre distance.
  • Once inside, they should wash hands for 20 seconds and adhere to the social distancing rules.

Eileen Le Voi, director of Safe Local Trades said: “All our members continue to be aware of social distancing and other rules around carrying out home improvements at customers’ homes, and the importance of adhering to them.

“I want to reassure Safe Local Trades customers that all tradespeople (including cleaners) CAN continue to work as normal, provided they are well and continue to follow social distancing rules. Our members will wear masks where appropriate, wash hands, use sanitiser, clean down areas where they have worked and generally be COVID-aware.

Rishi Sunak has confirmed today that the 2nd lockdown will definitely end on the 2nd December and will then re-enter the current tiered structure. This provides the requisite confidence for customers that work booked in for December will take place as planned." 

Customers can get in direct contact with the relevant trader through the Safe Local Trades website in the first instance to discuss any concerns they may have directly, and our traders will be more than happy to discuss those with the customer.

Please be aware that rogue trading is still rife, so please do not engage with anyone who knocks on your door offering garden, driveway, roofing and any home improvements. For more advice, go to 

More about Safe Local Trades

Safe Local Trades 0800 014 1832 Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough United Football Club, Peterborough, Cambs, PE2 8AN