UPDATE 21/10/2020 10:00 – Welsh government guidance has changed since our initial story to allow tradespeople to carry out work in people's homes "as long as it is managed in a safe way and both the worker and household members are well and have no symptoms of coronavirus", however it recommends that people consider whether work can be safely deferred until after the lockdown.

For further information, click here.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The Welsh government has announced a new national lockdown which will stop tradespeople from being able to complete non-urgent work in people's homes.

The lockdown will last two weeks, starting at 6pm on 23 October and ending on 9 November.

Government guidance states that, during this period, "work carried out inside other people’s homes can only take place if it is urgent or to repair a fault which poses a direct risk to people’s safety – for example, emergency plumbing or carry out an adaptation to allow that household to remain in their property, or the property is vacant."

It also advises that work should not be carried out at someone else’s house if the worker or any member of the household is self-isolating or showing COVID-19 symptoms, however mild. 

The guidance also states that, even if work has begun in someone's home prior to the lockdown, it cannot be completed during this lockdown period, "not unless the work is urgent or it would be unsafe to leave the work incomplete". However, trades will able to attend any household they are already working on to ensure the environment is safe for occupants, or to collect things like tools.

For the Welsh government's frequently asked questions guide on the new lockdown, click here.