The Scottish Government operate a 4 level COVID protection system to help tackle the spread of the virus.

The British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation is actively seeking urgent clarification from the Scottish government as it believes that current advice is less than clear in relation to tradespeople working in other people’s homes.

Both the English & Welsh advice is clear, allowing tradespeople to continue their work in other people’s homes, however the advice to Scottish tradespeople states:

“Tradespeople providing services in other people’s homes in level 4 areas
Tradespeople should only go into a house in a level 4 area to carry out or deliver essential work or services, for example:

• to deliver, install or repair key household furniture and appliances such as washing machines, fridges and cookers”

The ambiguity relates to the term “essential work or services”, however the advice includes authority to “deliver, install or repair key household furniture”.

As kitchens and bathrooms are (in our opinion) essential, especially when there is a lockdown situation, we believe (as the English & Welsh have concluded) that tradespeople should be allowed to continue, in accordance with Safe Operating Procedures – but of course this is a matter for the Scottish government to rule upon.

BiKBBI CEO Damian Walters commented today by saying: “Once again, this lack of clarity between our so called United Kingdom is causing real confusion, which we urge the Scottish government to clarify as a matter of urgency”.