Following the government’s recent update on the restrictions across the UK, and the lockdowns in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we will be continuing essential checks that are safe for you to complete. This will allow us to support businesses through these tough times and provide our you with jobs and continued income.
We strongly encourage you to only complete checks as part of your routine trips to locations, including essential shopping, daily exercise or to go to your place of work.
Before you set off to complete an essential check, it is important that you read our guide to find out more about what jobs will be available and how to keep safe.
Which jobs will we be continued?
We will be resuming checks that are essential to help businesses through these challenging times. Our checks will help make sure empty properties are safe and secure while staff are away.
Checks with no equipment needed except your smartphone
The only thing you’ll need for your checks is your smartphone, minimising your risk of any surface contact.
How to stay safe when doing essential checks
To keep safe, follow our advice on how to protect yourself against the virus while completing your check.
1. Wash your hands
Wash your hands before and immediately after you complete your check. It’s also a good idea to bring some hand sanitiser along if you have it. Even if you haven’t touched anything – still wash your hands! This is one of the easiest and best ways to stay safe.
Click here to read the full NHS guide on how to wash your hands properly.
2. Wear a mask inside buildings or on public transport
Make sure a face covering is worn at all times when completing checks in any indoor setting. This includes shops and public transport. You may also need to wear a mask when social distancing may be difficult (unless exempt).
Your mask should cover both your mouth and nose and shouldn’t be removed when you’re inside.
3. Keep to social distancing rules
When you’re out, keep at least a 2 metre distance from other people. Be mindful that you may need to move out of the way, cross the road or slightly change your route. Our support team is also available on live chat if there are any problems.
4. Avoid touching your face, mouth and eyes
This one is an easy step to forget! Remind yourself not to touch your face, mouth or eyes. It might be helpful to make a mental note – or even set a reminder on your phone.
5. Don’t go out if you feel unwell or if you’re vulnerable
If you feel unwell at all, have any coronavirus symptoms or are vulnerable – do not go out to complete your check, just contact our support and let us know. You’ll be seriously endangering yourself and other people by potentially spreading the virus. The health and safety of yourself and others is always the most important thing.
6. Plan and prepare
It’s a good idea to plan your check beforehand to make it quick and limit the time you’re outside. You could try to fit in your check to your daily exercise or food shop. Check out some more tips on how to prepare for a check.
7. Avoid public transport when possible
Accept jobs that are local to you and try to avoid taking public transport if you can. Aim to walk, jog, cycle or drive to check locations instead. If you need to take public transport, make sure to follow all the steps above to ensure your safety.
8. Stay informed
Finally, keep up to date on the latest information. Read the most recent advice from an official source such as the World Health Organization, official government website or National Healthcare website such as NHS. It is important that you follow any update to your local restrictions and stick to guidelines in order to keep you, and everyone around you safe.
If you have any questions or concerns at any point before, during or after completing a check, please reach out to us in the app’s live chat and our support team will be able to help you.