Plumber won't wear mask.

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minipilling Sun 01-Nov-20 13:05:05

Getting bathroom work started tomorrow, a big refit. The plumber just told us he's 'not a big believer' in Covid and none of his team will be wearing a mask because it's not possible to do his job properly wearing one. We will have windows open and distance etc but I'm a bit pissed off. It's not necessarily the mask, that's ultimately his choice, but I didn't expect him to come out and say he was skeptical that it's a real risk. I was worried enough already. We said we'd go ahead but am I being stupid? I was trying to be safe as possible with everything.

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raviolidreaming Sun 01-Nov-20 13:05:55

I would find another plumber.

minipilling Sun 01-Nov-20 13:18:31

Bit late for that now unfortunately. Everyone else is booked for months.

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QueenStromba Sun 01-Nov-20 13:19:19

I agree. Get another plumber. People like this week only learn when it starts to affect them directly and better for that to be financially than because they've spread covid to loved ones.

QueenStromba Sun 01-Nov-20 13:19:44

minipilling

Bit late for that now unfortunately. Everyone else is booked for months.

Is it particularly urgent?

MLMbotsgoaway Sun 01-Nov-20 13:21:39

While I can sort of get that he may not want to wear a mask while doing the work - I don’t think you’d be unreasonable to tell him to wear a mask in the other areas of your home - I.e outside of the bathroom.

Also if he has people working for him, wonder how that fits in with taking covid secure measures.

Tyzz Sun 01-Nov-20 13:22:58

If that is his attitude then I would worry that he is not following other guidelines and may be taking risks. He might expect his "team" to turn up for work if they are unwell.
I would at least delay him if not cancel.

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TwoLeftSocksWithHoles Sun 01-Nov-20 13:23:20

Lightly spray him with bleach every 20-25 minutes.

StaffAssociationRepresentative Sun 01-Nov-20 13:23:43

Great someone else (your plumber) not following rules!

minipilling Sun 01-Nov-20 13:24:35

We could probably delay it but it's been months of stress already. Ringing round some people now.

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MLMbotsgoaway Sun 01-Nov-20 13:25:41

Yeah actually upon reflection it’s not just about the mask. If he “doesn’t believe in it” there could be all sorts of other risks he’s taking as Tyzz says.

nicerbeing Sun 01-Nov-20 13:26:49

minipilling

Bit late for that now unfortunately. Everyone else is booked for months.



And doesn't he just know it.

There is no way I would have someone with such a thick mindset anywhere near my house.

TheLastStarfighter Sun 01-Nov-20 13:27:27

The reality is that if you are in a different area of the house to them, have all windows open, and clean after them, then you are not a risk from them. However if it were me I would be telling them to get stuffed on principle.

lunar1 Sun 01-Nov-20 13:27:46

I wouldn't have him in the house.

TiddleTaddleTat Sun 01-Nov-20 13:32:26

Can you keep yourselves in a different part of the house so won't be passing him and his team? Leave a seperate kettle mugs tea etc so they can sort themselves? Set up a temporary toilet for yourselves so you don't need to be around the bathroom in the day?
Surely the tradespeople can wear a mask whenever they are interacting with you.

minipilling Sun 01-Nov-20 13:44:43

Weirdly his wife works for the NHS.
Have called round some others but no response or availability so far.

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minipilling Sun 01-Nov-20 13:45:48

We will be in a separate room all day, they are bringing their own refreshments. Windows would be open.

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Georgeoftheinternet Sun 01-Nov-20 13:48:24

Yep I’m not sure why he’s told you.

I don’t want/expect work people to wear masks when doing work in my house.

He could have breached the subject better.

As long as you keep your 2 metre distance what’s the issue? I would be clarifying with him today if he’s happy to keep his distance, windows open?

Doesn’t sound like you ate too comfortable.

msbevvy Sun 01-Nov-20 13:50:54

In your shoes I would be cancelling him altogether so long as I had a useable bathroom.
In fact, even if there was a problem I'd rather spend a couple of months flushing the toilet with buckets of water than have him in my house.

QueenStromba Sun 01-Nov-20 13:52:00

Georgeoftheinternet

Yep I’m not sure why he’s told you.

I don’t want/expect work people to wear masks when doing work in my house.

He could have breached the subject better.

As long as you keep your 2 metre distance what’s the issue? I would be clarifying with him today if he’s happy to keep his distance, windows open?

Doesn’t sound like you ate too comfortable.

2m distancing does not protect you from aerosol transmission plus people with such a cavalier attitude to covid are much more likely to be infected than the general public.

BlackPetunia Sun 01-Nov-20 13:52:58

It’s fairly physical l work, I’d ask when moving through the house they wear it but in space they are working in its their choice

How many in his team?

AuntyPonsonby Sun 01-Nov-20 13:53:28

Unless you're planning to spend some time in the bathroom in closet proximity helping them fit their bottom-entry ballcocks I think you're overreacting.

DirtyDancing Sun 01-Nov-20 13:55:12

So I think a sensible negotiation is for him to do what he wants whilst in the actual room of work, but whilst in communal areas of your house, whilst talking to you, or when coming in and out they all need to wear on. Your house, your choice during a global pandemic

Hayeahnobut Sun 01-Nov-20 13:57:32

His lax attitude is likely to be reflected in his work. I'd delay the work until you can get someone with better standards.

bigbluebus Sun 01-Nov-20 13:58:56

Tell him he needs to wear a mask every time he comes out of the bathroom and walks through your house. If he's working in the bathroom with the windows open then I don't see the need for him to wear it - unless he needs to have a conversation with you nearby.
I had a plumber in last week and he initially turned up to assess the job without a mask on. When DH opened the door to him wearing a mask he immediately fetched his from his van and wore it as he walked through the house when he returned to do the work (but assume he took it off when in the bathroom where he was working - but i don't know as I didn't go near but the window was open anyway) Anything else is not acceptable in my book.

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