Stay Safe When Working with a Contractor During COVID-19

working with a contractor during COVID-19

    Updated November 30, 2021

    In spite of COVID-19's persistent presence, things still need to get done.

    People still have things that need to be fixed or projects that have to be completed.

    If you're one of the thousands of Americans working with a contractor during COVID for one reason or another, make sure you are protecting yourself, your family, and others.

    Here's how:

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    Maintain a Safe Distance When Possible

    Scientists have proven that COVID-19 primarily spreads among those who are in close proximity—the longer you're within roughly 6 feet of one another, the higher your likelihood of contracting the virus.

    Because people can spread the virus without knowing they're sick, it's important to follow experts' 6-foot guideline with contractors whenever possible.

    If your project takes place outside, it will be easy to keep a 6-foot distance from your contractor(s).

    But if your project takes place inside your home, this can be a bit tricky, so wearing a mask is recommended.

    Wear a Mask Indoors or When in Close Contact

    Masks are another key contributor to stopping the spread of COVID-19.

    Nose and mouth coverings can help prevent the inhalation and spreading of microscopic droplets when we talk, cough, or sneeze—droplets that could potentially carry the virus.

    Because there are several examples of evidence supporting the efficacy of masks, we recommend wearing a mask whenever you are within 6 feet of a non-household member, including demolition or remodeling contractors, whether outside or inside.

    Wash Your Hands Frequently

    We all know that thoroughly washing your hands removes germs and helps to prevent the spread of the virus.

    If your contractor has to work within the home, this is especially important, as you're more exposed to more germs.

    Washing hands frequently prevents the transference of these germs to other objects, like doorknobs, handrails, cabinets, etc.

    Sanitize Common Surface Areas

    If your remodeling or demolition contractor has to come in the house for any reason, make sure you are sanitizing those areas.

    Spray all-purpose cleaner liberally on surfaces and wipe clean with a soft cleaning cloth.

    If your contractor doesn't need to come in the house, this isn't as much of a concern.

    Monitor Symptoms and Continue Social Distancing

    After your project is done, make sure you monitor your symptoms and continue to social distance; though you may feel fine, you could be a carrier of the virus.

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