England is once again in lockdown in response to rising COVID-19 cases, joining Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Here is the latest information and guidance for landscape practitioners
England is once again in a national lockdown in response to the continued rise in COVID-19 cases, joining Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The current guidance for the four nations, as of January 2021, can be found here:
The advice for landscape practitioners is the same as for everyone: you must not leave or be outside your home except where necessary.
You may continue to travel to work “if you cannot reasonably [work] from home”. The government has explicitly acknowledged construction as being among those industries requiring in-person attendance:
‘Where people cannot work from home – including, but not limited to, people who work in critical national infrastructure, construction, or manufacturing – they should continue to travel to their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting sectors and employers.’
This may include landscape professionals who are carrying out assessment or management work on-site. However, we urge all landscape professionals and employers to consider alternatives to travel and in-person attendance wherever possible. This is especially true if the site is publicly accessible.
The LI’s current guidelines on Site Visits and Fieldwork During the COVID-19 Pandemic (issued April 2020) remains valid, and applicable to all four nations.
If you do leave your home for landscape work, you should refer to the latest GOV.UK (England) guidance for:
- working in construction or outdoor spaces
- working in heritage locations (including parks, gardens and landscapes)
- working in other people’s homes (including gardens)
For landscape and parks managers, existing GOV.UK (England) guidance remains relevant in many instances, as well as the above. In particular:
- safer public places – urban centres and green spaces
- accessing green space safely
- managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms
Business, self-employment and hardship support
See the GOV.UK website for guidance on business or self-employment support for which you may be eligible. The Federation of Small Businesses has a robust library of advice and guidance for small businesses and self-employed people. LI members can also access support from our charity partners Perennial and the Architects Benevolent Society.