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  • PRO

    Nobody knows. Lots of conflicting information.

    • I think the wording "unless absolutely necessary" is poor. It necessary from the point of view I need to earn a living but not in the sense that having a gardener is luxury more than anything. 

      • PRO

        If you look at the official cabinet office guidance there is no reference to "absolutely necessary".  If your work can't be done from home you can work.  You should practice social distancing.  If you can't do that you shouldn't work.  My MP confirmed this to me overnight.

  • PRO

    It still isn't completely clear, but we've tried to gather together the latest information here:

    https://landscapejuicenetwork.com/forum/topics/covid-19-business-ar...

    The LJN Covid-19 Business articles / advice hub
    As the situation unfolds, we'll try to link to relevant, informative articles from trusted sources, advisory bodies, Government etc using this featur…
  • PRO

    I've postponed today with a view to seeing if there is more clarity today and then we can perhaps go out tomorrow.  Not worth getting a potential bad reputation for the sake of one day.

  • PRO

    Could someone from the group ask on behalf of all of us for clear information.

    • PRO

      Millions of people are unsure, and are asking the same question as the guidance is still not completely clear.

      If there is further developments it is likely to be published to this government page that you might want to bookmark:

      https://www.gov.uk/search/all?topical_events%5B%5D=coronavirus-covi...

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  • I put my lads off for the day while we try and find some clarity, but already this morning, we are hearing 'ah yes garages will be OK, mechanics etc'  'excercise down on the allotment - fine'. 'Building sites will need to continue'. 'Oh yes, plumbers and electricians will need to continue' etc etc, so I think being sensible will be the answer in the end.

  • I have been sat here watching the TV in the hope of some further guidance but the waters are so murky. Michael Gove said only essential work but then in responding to a question that going to an allotment was OK becasue you would be socially distanced from others. So what does that mean for us? Working on a construction site is highlighted as OK if it is essential and workers can be kept apart and safe. Keep stirring that muddy pool!

     

    I have cancelled all todays work and notified all of my customers of a suspension in service until some further guidnace is received.  My concern when chatting to another local gardener is that someone photograghs our nicely signed vans out working and posts it on face book with some detrimental comment, not good for a reputation.

    I am slef employed and work alone. Personally I feel safe when outdoors in gardens, safer that I do in the supermarket for sure! But i don't want to do something that is deemed against the ethos of the lockdown, we are all going to suffer and wouldnt want people to think we might be risking the health of our communities or trying to cash in when everyone els eis also having to tighten their belts. Already I had offered to continue in gardens for self employed workers in other trades free of charge during this upheaval if they were losing their income. Lets be honest - unlikely to take on any new customers to fill that slot any time soon!

     

    But some solid and definitive guidance would be useful so that we feel backed up and supported by our government and the authorities and dont need to battle with the uncertainty or guilt if we go out to work.

     

    Keep safe folk

  • PRO

    Morning everyone, just reading the comments and watching the news announements, yes all a bit unclear at the moment. Like some others here I've cancelled my jobs today awaiting clarification from the government. I know gardening is classified as non essential but the grass and gardens don't know that and will continue growing.

    Most of my customers here in Norfolk have pretty sizeable garden so am not too worried about the the social distancing issues as in these cases aren't a problem.

    I guess we'll all keep a keen eye on the lastest developments and hopefully make an informed decision. Stay safe peeps.

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