When Boris Johnson announced, on January 4, a new national lockdown emulating that of last March, much speculation was made by residents of England regarding the availability of their go-to tradesmen who certainly cannot work from home.
Stress no further – it’s good news all round since anybody who cannot effectively work from their own home is, indeed, allowed to enter the homes of others for this purpose. So, our team of general handyman, decorators, electricians, plumbers and carpenters will be able to give you a helping hand with your required home repairs and/or renovations. However, it doesn’t come without its limitations, which we unquestionably respect and must warn our customers of.
As much as our CRB-checked tradesmen love to catch up with their friendly customers, the law states that they must not communicate with the residents of the home in which they are in, prior to any work being carried out, as this helps to limit face-to-face contact. Surfaces touched must also be wiped down, and for those customers who have symptoms or have tested positive for the coronavirus, tradesmen must not enter the site of self-isolation.
Our teams will also be conscious of the two-metre social distancing measures, along with the wearing of PPE, including face-masks. They will be washing their hands regularly, for the amount of time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice (this will usually be in their head, but can be performed aloud for customers who are celebrating their big day from home), and they will dispose of their own paper towels away from the property.
Finally, if you are worried about tradesmen arriving at your home in large and constantly-changing teams, we promise that designated members, of a limited number, will be assigned to each project. You can expect to see them working side-to-side or back-to-back, rather than face-to-face.
Unfortunately, any work which is not deemed as urgent and cannot be carried out while effectively following the guidelines will be postponed. Tradesmen who fall into the ‘vulnerable’ category will also not be going to work, so please don’t be too disappointed if another member of Handy Squad arrives at your doorstep – you’ll soon be equally as familiar with them!