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Are people still having building work done?
chocolatesaltyballs22 · 23/03/2020 09:43
My neighbours are - two workmen there at the minute. And one of their vans is parked over my drive - am raging. Don't particularly want to approach them to ask them to move. Need to go to the supermarket at lunchtime. Sometimes I feel like nothing has changed for some people.
Xenia · 23/03/2020 12:36
Yes, I am very pleased. The state wants life to go on so we can afford to fund the NHS through income tax so these people are heroes of te hour. There is something painting a house a few doors up and there is no one around him and he is safely painting an empty house. There is nothing wrong with that at all. At the end of the road a huge construction project is continuing.
HotGlueGun · 23/03/2020 12:46
We are in the middle of an extension/ extensive work affecting our whole house and it's at a stage where our house is not habitable. We've moved out for a few weeks but that's coming to the end now and we will be forced to move back into a building site that is unsafe and dirty for our small children. I don't know what to do. Our builders will make it as safe as possible if we do lockdown but the prospect of living in it as it stands is terrifying me.
kirinm · 23/03/2020 13:05
My DP is a tradesman and lost his work yesterday. Self employed. He will take work if anyone contacts him but he doesn't expect that to happen.
I have repeated this over and over again but until the government make provisions for self employed people, they will work. Whilst it would be much more preferable to have self employed people stop working, how are they meant to survive?
EmmaStone · 23/03/2020 14:06
We've got a plumber due round today as we've got leaking pipes. It's been booked in for about 3 weeks (the soonest he could see us). He checked we were still happy for him to come, and I think as long as we're sensible, it should be ok, but I appreciate it's not ideal.
We've also got plastering and decorators booked in next week and 2 weeks after. I'm not sure about that. On the one hand, it seems foolish to have people coming in the house when not essential, on the other hand, these people have families to feed and are one-man bands (and friends of friends).
ProfessorPootle · 23/03/2020 21:47
My dh runs a scaffolding company, lots of jobs have been shut down as they’re massive projects in central London and companies are worried and putting stuff off but lots are still going ahead. We’re both self employed so he’s continuing as long as possible. Scaffolding and building work is often essential if buildings are in a poor state of repair.
crazydiamond222 · 24/03/2020 02:37
From another thread
Communities secretary says twitter.com/RobertJenrick/status/1242210351007096836
Advice for the housing, construction & building maintenance industries:
🔹If you can work from home, do so.
🔹If you are working on site, you can continue to do so. But follow Public Health England guidance on social distancing.
🔹Outside of work, remember to #StayHomeSaveLives
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