Following the Government’s recent raft of restrictions around the tiered system in England, the GGF has taken time to fully analyse and consult with Government and local councils on the restrictions and what they mean for your business if you operate in England. Please see outline below:
Showrooms and concession sales outlets can open but should follow the safe guidance and social distancing guidelines.
Where members retail units are not self-contained e.g. located within another store. They will be required to close if located within an enclosed premises unless they can be accessed directly from the street.
Those working in manufacturing can continue however if your role means you can work from home then you should work from home. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/construction-and-other-outdoor-work
On Construction Sites
Construction sites can remain open but following the Site Operating Procedures version 6 set out by the Construction Leadership Council and approved by Government. http://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/news/site-operating-procedures-update-version-6-now-available/
Working in people’s homes
Those working in the construction sector (including salespeople, surveyors, tradespeople etc.,) can enter/work in a property if necessary. However if doing so should follow the safe guidance and social distancing guidelines.
- If you are working in someone’s home;
- Ensure you follow the Government’s safer guidance which has been integrated into the GGF’s Safe Guides
- Please ensure you conduct a risk assessment
- Please observe the social distancing and PPE guidance
Read Government guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/homes
The Government guidance on door to door selling and sales activity generally is quite clear and the GGF advises that all Members who conduct door to door sales activity to cease with immediate effect. Please see extract below from the Government Guidance.
“Door-to-door sales should not be taking place, and sales activities should be conducted remotely (such as by phone, online, or mail).”
Whilst sales activity should be done remotely, it is worth noting that pre-booked appointments that can’t be done remotely can continue if necessary. For example, if the homeowner has no internet access. If carrying out this activity, then please ensure the safe guidance and social distancing guidance is followed.
Canvassing and leaflet distribution
See latest guidance on this are in separate article here:
The GGF will update Members on any changes from central Government or via local councils. In the meantime, please check with your local authorities if you are in any doubt about restrictions.
Stay safe and work safe.
Download/view the GGF’s Safe Guides