As Wales gets set to enter a second national lockdown amid the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the Welsh government has clarified ( on 21st October) that work in people’s homes “can continue” providing it is carried out safely “and both the worker and household members are well and have no symptoms of coronavirus.”
The announcement from Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, that Wales will go into a two-week ‘firebreak’ national lockdown from 6pm on 23rd October, initially sparked confusion for those operating within the construction sector, with regards to whether or not they are able to, and should, carry out work in people’s homes during that period.
Whilst the first version of the Welsh government’s ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ guidance stated work in homes must stop, an update on 20th October explained: “Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople, can continue as long as it is managed in a safe way and both worker and household members are well and have no symptoms of coronavirus.”
Whilst this is welcome news for those operating in Wales, the guidance does go on to caution: “However, we recommend that people consider whether the work can be safely deferred until after this short lockdown.”
View the frequently asked questions guidance: https://gov.wales/coronavirus-firebreak-frequently-asked-questions#section-53255%20