The past week has seen the media focus on the impact that the coronavirus epidemic is having on travel and the leisure and tourism industries. But at the same time people up and down the country are carrying on with their daily work routines.
Plasterer Jason Moffat, from St Albans, is a typical tradesman who is continuing to work as normally as possible.
“I’m taking on board all of the government advice and I’m fortunate that I can minimise all of my customer interactions.
“The focus has been on people working from home, but there are people in all walks of life where that’s just not possible.”, he said.
“I carryout plastering work in homes across the St Albans area and like many tradesmen there is no reason for me not to work at the moment. I have also found that many other tradesmen are continuing to provide a service to their customers. When we need to work alongside each other we are taking care to follow the government guidance.” He said.
“And should I ultimately need to take a week or two off work there’s lots of paperwork that I can catchup on and work from home.” He said.
Since training as a plasterer in 1999 Jason has built up a reputation in the St Albans area for the quality of his work. He has worked in the area for over twenty years and most of his work is from repeat customers or by recommendation. His work includes complete plastering jobs for new builds and extensions, right through to simple patching jobs where there has been some damage, perhaps from a leak.
Jason added: “Plastering his hot and dusty work and I always look forward to a few pints at the weekend at my local. That won’t be happening for the time being, but I guess that I’m lucky that I can continue to work for now.”