The Prime Minister has just announced a move to Alert Level 3 and Alert Level 4 in 48 hours in response to the Covid -19 virus. This means that all businesses are closed except for essential services and lifeline utilities.
We are attempting to clarify the exact parameters of the term “essential services” as it applies to Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying and we will immediately update information as it becomes available.
The best advice we can give at this stage, based on conversations with government officials, is that plumbing , gasfitting and drainlaying are essential services as they relate to dealing with immediate health risks.
This means that you may continue to carry out repairs (e.g. re-establishing water supply or clearing blockages). However, obviously the fitting out of a new house would not be permitted.
We are also advised that building and construction on some sites (e.g hospitals) will be permitted with some restrictions. Again, as soon as we have more up to date information we will publish it.
The emphasis is on essential repairs, not those that pose no immediate threat to health and safety. If the need is not immediate can it can wait for another day then you should not be doing that work.
The lockdown is designed to increase our Nation’s ability to fight and stamp out the Covid-19 virus. It is important that all of us play our part in respecting the lockdown if the disease is to be defeated.
Most of the time it will be apparent to you whether the work is important for health and safety purposes. Use your judgment and common sense. We recommend that you continue to monitor the Covid-19 website for information as it is changing and becoming more detailed overtime.
The Board will continue to provide updates on the definition as they become available.