Non-essential electrical work now permitted – coronavirus update
Since the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK in March 2020, followed by a ‘lockdown’ and strict social distancing guidelines, non-essential electrical work was halted – and we’ve been doing our best to keep you up-to-date with any changes affecting our electrical services ever since.
During the government’s announcement on Sunday 10th May, they stated that the public should head back to work ‘if unable to work from home’, but there has been some confusion in regards to what kind of work that encompasses.
Non-essential home improvements works can restart
As registered members of NAPIT, we’ve had some clarification of what the changing coronavirus guidelines mean. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have this week confirmed that home improvement works, including electrical services, can now recommence.
However, with the pandemic far from over, there are still some protective restrictions in place. Therefore, if you need help from one of our registered electricians, we’re happy to come to you providing:
- Nobody in your household is shielding due to a pre-existing, high risk condition
- Nobody in your household is isolating due to showing coronavirus symptoms
The only exception in the above circumstances is if the electrical works are of an essential nature, whereby lack of action will endanger the residents of the property.
Keeping you safe during electrical works
In addition to the above, we’ll also require all parties to take further precautions to ensure the safety of your family and our electricians:
- We’ll carry out a full risk assessment prior to any work commencing
- We will ask you to keep at least 2m away from our workers, and will request that you leave the room while work is undertaken
- We will follow strict sanitisation methods, and use protective PPE were appropriate
It’s worth noting that the new guidance may also be impacted by further instruction issued by governments of devolved nations. Therefore, if you reside in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and wish to have work carried out, you should check their individual government guidelines for further information.
If you require emergency or non-essential electrical works in Leeds or anywhere in West Yorkshire, please call us on 0113 257 2678 for an informal chat and we’ll be pleased to help.