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Omicron: how the rental sector can adopt best practice

Inventory clerks can play a part in reducing the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid, by being sensible and safe.

“Throughout the whole pandemic, we have taken a cautious, sensible, pragmatic approach" says Daniel Evans, chair of the inventories trade body AIIC and managing director of Home Inventories.

“Even during the worst days of Covid, inventory clerks have continued to work and visit people’s houses as essential workers. So we became used to still working when Covid was at its most dangerous, and when the vaccine programme hadn’t started yet.”


He adds: “Without inventories, the majority of landlords won’t let, so we were performing a crucial service and we made sure that our clerks were fully protected, with the right precautions and measures in place. This included full PPE and keeping social distancing at all times, something that we continued to insist on even once society reopened.”

All AIIC clerks have continued to wear face masks and gloves, and adhere to social distancing rules, even when restrictions eased, to be on the safe side.

“As a result, we’re in an excellent position to set an example to the industry in terms of keeping the new variant at bay and preventing its spread, by taking small, simple and sensible precautions to ensure everyone is kept fully protected” Evans says.

He adds that this is especially important during winter.

“We know by now that small measures – such as mask wearing, ventilation and social distancing – can make a major difference when it comes to combating the threat of Covid. As a people-facing, consumer-facing sector, who are required to visit houses in person to perform their work, it would be incredibly remiss and irresponsible of us not to take the necessary precautions” Evans concludes.

“We can set a standard for the rest of the industry to follow and live up to.”

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  • George Dawes

    Moronic is an anagram of omicron , I think that says it all really

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    Good one George!


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