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COVID 19 Policy Statement

Notice on new rules on gatherings in some parts of Northern England

The Government has announced changes to rules on gatherings in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire after increase in COVID-19 cases.

This guidance applies to gatherings on the community and it is important to note that the advice on carrying out work has not been affected at this stage. Working in offices, construction sites and in people’s homes should continue to be carried out following the guidance already in place. The NAPIT Back to Work Guidance Document (see below) remains valid in the affected areas. If you are in the process of arranging assessment visits the COVID-19 Safe Risk Assessment NAPIT will have issued you with remains the appropriate tool to support visits going ahead.

See the government guidance here:

NAPIT Group Statement 

As the coronavirus restrictions gradually begin to lift and we look at getting back to work safely, as an immediate priority NAPIT are putting procedures in place to ensure our members, customers, staff, partners and stakeholders are safe during this time.


Throughout the crisis, we’ve continued to provide support and understandably, people are worried about the general economic outlook and their own businesses. As we continue to adapt to these unprecedented times, we're working hard to ensure that we are providing the best possible support.

We are continuing to closely monitor Government guidance and will communicate directly with you via our regular email update on the latest news and developments. Following on from the announcements by Government, we have made the following adjustments to our normal operational activity:

• Implemented a plan to get our offices reopening and put the necessary measures in place to ensure distances are kept and contamination is controlled. Some home-working across the business is still in place and whilst we adjust to these measures, our ability to respond to calls and emails may be affected, so please bear with us during this difficult period.

• NAPIT are currently completing the processes and systems to allow us to begin assessments again in June. The capacity will not immediately return to normal levels and for renewing members it will rarely take place at the same time of year as you may be used to – the critical issue is that we will maintain member certification, even where your surveillance visit is delayed or takes a different approach. The assessment itself will involve us obtaining information from you in advance in order to minimise the amount of time we spend at sites, and particularly where working in consumer properties. Members don’t need to take any action; we will be in touch with you to discuss.

• Our training centres in Mansfield, Bristol & Oldham reopened on the 1 June 2020 to run courses again including some select pop-up centres. Risk Assessments have been carried out at all centres in line with the Government’s safety measures,including 2m distances and one-way routes outlined around the Centre and in corridors. All candidates will be temperature checked on arrival and anti-bacterial wipes and hand gels will be available.

• Liaised with our third-party partner customers with an update on how their service may or may not be affected. Specific update communications will be released from our third-party partners keeping you up-to-date.

• Postponed all scheduled events until September to reduce the risk to our members, customers, staff, partners and stakeholders during the height of the pandemic.

• Created an ‘Emergency Works Register’ of NAPIT members still responding to emergency call-outs during the pandemic. An 'Emergency Call-out' preference on the NAPIT website has been added to help consumers find a reliable tradesperson during this difficult time.

The continuity of our service is paramount, as well as keeping you updated with how this situation will affect you. As it evolves, we will continue to remain in contact and notify you of any significant changes.

Mike Andrews LLB (Hons), LLM -NAPIT Group Chief Executive

Read NAPIT’s Back to Work Guidance here:

Article Published: 31 July 2020


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