Working during the Corona virus pandemic April 04, 2020 In the last few weeks, the world has gone through some huge changes and the situation is changing daily. Lots of businesses have been forced to close because the nature of their work means social distancing cannot be maintained. The government has set out guidelines surrounding continuing to work and working in people’s houses during the corona virus pandemic. Due to the amount of information available and the wide range of sources from which this information can be found, there has been some confusion arising regarding what is and what isn’t allowed to continue. When setting out the guidelines around travel the government has said you may travel to work if necessary. What they mean by this is if you can work from home then please do but obviously some work, like plumbing and heating, cannot be carried out from home. Below is an excerpt from the government website:If you cannot work from home then you can still travel for work purposes, provided you are not showing coronavirus symptoms and neither you nor any of your household are self-isolating. This is consistent with advice from the Chief Medical Officer. Here at The Sussex Heating Care Company we’re continuing to trade whilst taking every precaution to keep you and your family safe, following all available guidelines and even going above and beyond. We will continue to supply and fit you a new boiler in Bognor Regis and the surrounding area including Chichester and Littlehampton. If you need boiler service then please give us a call. Working in peoples homes is fine as long as the guidelines are met and all precautions are taken to stop the spread of the virus. Below is another excerpt from the government website. Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, can continue, provided that the tradesperson is well and has no symptoms. Again, it will be important to ensure that Public Health England guidelines, including maintaining a 2-metre distance from any household occupants, are followed to ensure everyone’s safety. No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual is being shielded, unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs, and where the tradesperson is willing to do so. In such cases, Public Health England can provide advice to tradespeople and households. Obviously, there is a chance that any of us could catch this virus. If at any time we begin to get any symptoms of the virus then we will down tools and “self-isolate” for the prescribed amount of time ensuring we do not spread the virus around. No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild. As set out in the section on closing certain businesses and venues, the Government has published guidance on which organisations are covered by this requirement. Advice for employees of these organisations on employment and financial support is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.At all times, workers should follow the guidance on self-isolation if they or anyone in their household shows symptoms.We as a company will continue to look out for new guidance coming from the government and health officials to ensure we continue to take every step possible to stop the spread of this virus while trying our best to continue to provide a great service to our loyal and valued customers.