Following the government announcements issued this week my professional association have issued the following guidance specific to ecology.
If you can do your job, or some activities associated with your job, without any risk of transmission to someone else then continue. Each and every activity requires a broader consideration of health and safety issues well beyond those normally associated with it, including taking account of scientific evidence on the ways in which the virus can spread and thinking through how your behaviour and activity may inadvertently facilitate transmission, directly and indirectly. If you cannot undertake the activity safely, then you must not do it, irrespective of ecological timetables or financial imperatives. Individual members should not undertake work, even when directed to by others, if they do not think it is safe to do so.
Please note that health and safety or animal welfare considerations are justifiable reasons for travel.https://cieem.net/i-am/covid-19/cv19-advice-for-members/
I have carried out an additional risk assessment and identified the following key risks of transmission from my work that would mean there could not be no risk of transmission.
Based on the above I have come to the difficult decision that. I will only be accepting survey work if.
Any work that does not meet these criteria will be refused.
At this time I continue to be available for work that can be conducted from home such as desktop assessment. However I will keep the financial viability of running the business on this basis under constant review and may opt to suspend all services and ‘furlough’ myself in order to receive the available government support should that option be the more reliable way of continuing.