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Lockdown Initiated (Covid-19)

So, Boris has pulled the trigger on a total lockdown for the Country.. had to happen imo, just far too many ignorant people carrying on a normal unfortunately. 

Now comes the dilema.. do we continue on maintaining our customers gardens, bearing in mind many of us don't actually have any need for face to face contact with customers to do the work anyway?
Officially we are allowed to travel to and from work....unless it can be done from home, so 
My main job is maintaining a private estate, where by.. I literally don't see another person for the entire day unless the owners are home.. but given their age, they won't be allowed out now even if they wanted to.. 

Troubling times. Stay Safe People x


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  • I'm sitting talking with my wife now asking the same questions. No idea what to do.

    • I'm going to carry on unless I get stopped by the po-po.
      I travel to my gardens(work), do the job and come home. I have absolutely no need to see anyone, all my customers have been sent a email outlining my protocol during this period, so I can't see any issue carrying on to be honest!?

      Good luck whatever you decide to do... it's a horrid position for us gardeners to be in, especially this time of year! Nightmare.

  • PRO

    I've just stood our teams down - at least for tomorrow until the situation becomes clearer and the industry reacts.

    In most forms, I can't really see what we do would be classed as 'essential'.

    • It’s if the travel is essential, not the job. If you can’t do the job at home, then travel is essential.

    • PRO

      We have stood down too, until we lnow more

  • I'm thinking our work is deemed non essential. Also I would imagine our business insurance would not pay out should an accident happen. Think I'll try and ride it out at home. All the best to everyone. 

  • If the government are saying 'self employed gardeners are not allowed to travel to work in customers gardens' then they are removing my income.

    I am not sick or self isolating so I have no access to £94.25 / week SSP.

    Technically, I am 'unable to work due to coronavirus'.

    Do I apply for universal credit based on my income for the last tax year?   

  • PRO

    I've postponed our work for tomorrow, as Gary says, hopefully more clarity will come long. 

    Thanks to everyone on LJN for the discussion around this over the last few weeks, it's been very supportive.

  • It's not very clear, I'm assuming we are non essential workers and therefore should be staying at home.  However where does that leave us financially?

    My client I was due to go to tomorrow has just cancelled, understandably.  However I'm left wondering what to do tomorrow.


    • I'm finding this quite confusing. As already stated by others, we don't work inside, and can comfortably work without being close to anyone.

      I've had the phone ringing today with work enquiries, so I'm guessing that customers agree with me/us.

      Confused is an understatment. 

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