What to do before, during and after someone enters your home during coronavirus pandemic

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Property malfunctions haven't stopped just because we're in the middle of a pandemic.

Nope. Plumbers, electricians and gas workers are in just as high demand as usual.

But unlike a delivery driver dropping off a takeaway or a shop assistant serving at the till, tradespeople can't always work their magic from 2m away.

They often need open access to your home, and there are a few steps you should take to ensure you keep yourself - and visitors - safe when you require property maintenance.

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It's important to disinfect surfaces and clean your house before anyone enters - especially the area/room the visitor will spend most time in.

Do your best to retain 2m at all times, and try to consider the logistics of this before the doorbell rings. You may be able to leave detailed instructions in note form for the maintenance expert to follow.

It is often easy to remain within earshot to offer instructions if required, and you should be able to assist your visitor without having to share the same room.

If anyone in your home is showing symptoms of COVID-19, you should seriously consider if repairs are essential and reschedule appointments fourteen days down the line.

When a fault simply cannot wait, anyone showing symptoms must remain isolated and well away from the visitor.

Once your visitor leaves, go about disinfecting the house once again - thoroughly cleaning any items they might have touched and wiping down surfaces such as light switches and door handles.

And, of course, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly and regularly before, during and after each visit.

But the most important thing of all is to use your best judgment. We need to keep one another safe after all - and a little bit of extra cleaning/hygiene/social distancing can make a huge difference.

More information about how to protect yourself and others during COVID-19 can be found here.

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