For example, you can continue to provide your services to businesses associated with fast moving consumer goods, food production or key public services. You can also carry out work associated with health services or emergency services.
You cannot, however, continue to provide services to services/businesses that do not appear on that list.
Immediately needed to maintain human health and safety at home or work
Under the definition you may also continue to provide plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying services if they are immediately needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work. Under this definition the services must:
Be needed to maintain human health and safety at home/work; and
That need must be
Examples of the type of work that would come under this definition include:
The repair/replacement of hot water cylinders that have failed as the hot water will be required for sanitation purposes.
The unblocking and repair/replacement of sanitary waste pipes where there is an immediate threat to human health and safety.
The repair/replacement of water pipes where there is an immediate threat to human health and safety.
The repair/replacement of gas piping, fittings and appliance where there is an immediate threat to human health and safety.
Examples of the things that would not be included in that definition are:
The repair of minor leaks.
The replacement to tap washers.
The replacement of sanitary fixtures that are working.
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.
If you are providing these essential services, it is important that you wear the appropriate PPE gear. You can find more out about that[ here ].