Builders’ merchants put safety first in Tier 4 restrictions

21 December 2020

Builders’ merchants across London and the South East are working to set protocols to ensure safety first under the new Tier 4 Covid-19 restrictions.

The sector will continue to operate, after the government classed it as an essential service.

National trade body the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) produced detailed Covid-19 protocols at the start of the pandemic, and the advice will remain in place as new restrictions are brought in.

John Newcomb, BMF CEO, said: “Our members have provided emergency support for the NHS, local authority and housing association maintenance teams since lockdown began in mid-March, following Covid-19 secure guidelines.
“Since then, we have continued to operate safely, providing much-needed materials to enable a variety of works to continue over the year.

“Now, as the Tier 4 restrictions begin, we continue to work to the same operating procedures.

“Our merchants will be able to ensure customers can access supplies, including materials and parts for repair and maintenance works, such as weather-damaged buildings, frozen pipes and boiler repairs, which start to increase at this time of year.”

The full guidance can be accessed via this link: