Clarification on non-essential home improvement work
We have received confirmation from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) that the government’s announcement on Sunday to go out to work if you can’t work from home does in fact apply to non-essential work. Their response is below:
“With the exception of households which are isolating or shielding, non-essential work can be carried out where it can be undertaken safely. Tradespeople should follow the guidance for working in people’s home, including undertaking a risk assessment and making every reasonable effort to comply with the social distancing guidelines. No work should be carried out in a household which is isolating because one or more family members has symptoms or where an individual has been advised to shield – unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household.”
Public health is devolved in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; this guidance should be considered alongside local public health and safety requirements and legislation in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For advice to businesses in other parts of the UK please see guidance set by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.