The government has recently provided updated guidance regarding working safely in other people’s homes.
The most up to date information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/homes, where Section 2 states that:
“It is recognised that for providers of in-home services, it is often not possible to work from home.”
So, as long as you are a single individual, and you and your teacher strictly follow the prescribed guidelines, you are now permitted to have your private lessons at home. However, you should only consider this option if both you and your teacher are completely comfortable with all the arrangements.
Please do note the following important points:
- No work should be carried out in a household which is isolating because one or more family members has symptoms or where an individual has been advised to shield.
- When working in a household where somebody is clinically vulnerable, but has not been asked to shield, for example, the home of someone over 70, prior arrangements should be made with vulnerable people to avoid any face-to-face contact, for example, when answering the door. Everyone should be particularly strict about handwashing, coughing and sneezing hygiene, such as covering your nose and mouth and disposing of single-use tissues.
If you do decide to go ahead with a home visit, it is entirely the responsibility of you and your teacher to stay updated with the latest guidance and consider how it can be applied to your home visits most effectively.
This includes but is not limited to:
- Maintaining 2m social distance.
- Washing your hands more often than usual for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose.
- Reducing the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately, then wash your hands.
- Cleaning regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing any infection on to other people.
- Communicating with your teacher prior to any visit to discuss how your appointment will be carried out to minimise risk for all parties, including to ensure that a 2m distance is kept from you.
- Working outdoors or in well-ventilated rooms whenever possible.
- Leaving all internal doors open to minimise contact with door handles.
- Identifying busy areas across the household where people travel to, from or through, for example, stairs and corridors, and minimising movement within these areas.
- Avoiding transmission during appointments, for example from sharing/touching objects (eg your exercise equipment).
There are some circumstances when wearing a face covering may be marginally beneficial as a precautionary measure. The evidence suggests that wearing a face covering does not protect you, but it may protect others if you are infected but have not developed symptoms. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/homes#homes-6-1 for more detailed information regarding face coverings.
In summary, you are now permitted to be taught one-on-one at home, as long as:
- You are alone (apart from the teacher) as currently this only applies in situations where the client is a single individual.
- Everyone strictly follows the prescribed guidelines.
Please call 020 8452 8322 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a lesson or discuss this or anything else.