In general the advice for Wales mirrors that of the UK Government. Although there are some notable exceptions which we highlight here.
New Devolved Nations Lockdowns
6 January: Wales is currently in lockdown with ‘Alert Level 4’ restrictions in place, until they are reviewed on Friday 8th January. Welsh Government lockdown guidance confirms that construction and work in people’s homes can continue.
New Regulations on Social Distancing
New regulations introduced on 7 April mean the 2-metre social distancing rule will apply to any workplace, including homes, where work and repairs are being undertaken and outdoor spaces. The new rules apply to those workplaces not already covered by the original stay-at-home rules introduced almost 2 weeks ago.
All businesses will have to take all reasonable measures to ensure the 2 m rule is maintained between people on their premises whenever work is being carried out. Guidance will be issued to explain what can reasonably be expected of employers and businesses.
The rules about who can attend a funeral are being relaxed but the 2 m rule will mean there will be a maximum limit on the number of people who can attend.
First Minister, Mark Drakeford said:
"We have asked people to stay at home, to save lives and protect the NHS. These temporary restrictions on gatherings and the movement of people in Wales are an important part of our efforts to help protect the public from the spread of coronavirus.
"These new regulations will ensure workers are safe in the workplace, by ensuring the social distancing measures we have put in place also apply in all people’s places of work."
Can I carry out building or repair work in someone’s home?
Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, may continue provided people in the household and any tradespeople take all reasonable steps to stay 2 metres apart.
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 Wales can provide advice to tradespeople and households.