Trades and Coronavirus


20 May
20May

There are many trades in the UK that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We have pulled together sources of useful guidance to help these vital, small and medium-sized businesses. 

Even though we can't cover all trades, we hope that these will be helpful beyond the reach of a particular trade. An example of this might be the Coronavirus - Template letter to domestic customers supplied by the Electrical Contractors' Association on its website which could relatively be adapted for use by other trades.

Help For Trades

Federation of Master Builders-  Responding to Coronavirus 

Construction Industry Helpline- Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity

Trades Against The Virus - Builders Merchant Federation

Plumbers are Key Workers- Association of Plumbing & Heating Engineers

Can gardeners still work?- Inews

Here's our at-a-glance summary of the main measures, with links to announcements and/or commentaries (in no order of priority or date of announcement):


Help For Consumers

"The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has stated that only emergency and critical construction work should be allowed to continue. 

More than half of builders told the FMB they have already ceased at least three quarters of their work. Of those, 80% are in the domestic repair, renovation and maintenance sector. No work can be carried out by any tradesperson or engineer who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild. 

As a first step, find out whether your trader or engineer can offer some services from a distance, either by speaking to you over the phone or using technology. Some of the Which? Trusted Traders we’ve been speaking to reported that they were using tools such as FaceTime, Google Hangouts and Skype to provide quotes or site visits"

Read more: Which?- letting tradespeople into a home


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