Trading Standards in Wales has confirmed to the KBSA that the Government has yet to publish a full list of businesses that will be required to close, under the latest 'firebreak' lockdown. This is due to take place from 6pm on Friday 23rd October and will last until Monday 9th November, however, currently there is only guidance and a set of Q&As available until the Government legislation is published.
They also confirmed that the Government guidance states that work carried out in people’s homes can continue, provided that none of the parties involved have coronavirus symptoms. The guidance does, however, recommend that people give consideration to deferring the work until after the lockdown.
KBSA national chair Richard Hibbert said: “As ever, the information coming from Government and Trading Standards is not always complete and can cause confusion.
“We are in contact with representatives at Trading Standards so that we can advise our members as soon as the situation changes. If showrooms are required to close, the complications of a stop-start situation – especially during this busy period, when projects are in hand for a Christmas completion – would be substantial.
“While we seek clarification, our members have access to our dedicated legal and HR support lines that can help deal with the implications, and provide up-to-date information on the latest business support packages.
“There is no doubt that there are many changes coming over the next few weeks. We remain committed to supporting members as they negotiate their way through this challenging period. “