During Coronavirus, we know that now more than ever that being connected matters – and Openreach is playing a fundamental part in keeping the nation connected while keeping our people and society safe. We’re working very closely with our Communications Provider partners (the 650+ companies who sell, phone, broadband and Ethernet services to homes and businesses), updating our information and guidelines regularly based on UK Government advice.
You can find out more information about the engineer appointment including a video explaining the process on our detailed FAQ page.
The work Openreach does is critical with our engineers given Key Worker status. Our number one priority is to keep people connected, and we’ve been working closely with our Communications Provider (CP) partners to minimise the impact of the Government’s restrictions on the services we can provide.
Following new Public Health England guidance issued on 11th May we’ll be starting to do work inside customers’ homes and businesses again from Monday 18th May, where necessary. Whilst there is a high Coronavirus alert level in place, there are special measures we all need to take to keep each other safe.
What to expect if you’ve got an engineer coming
If you're expecting an Openreach engineer to visit your home, they’ll do all they can to get you up and running without entering, but there may be some circumstances where we need to come into your property for a short period of time. Our engineers will be taking special measures to ensure your safety and their own. And if we do need to enter your home, we’ll call you beforehand to talk to you about how we can make our visit as short and safe as possible.
Before our engineer arrives please:
Please ensure you maintain two metres social distancing and, wherever possible, move to a different room. Once the engineer has finished working, they’ll wipe down any surface they’ve touched before leaving.
We won’t be working beyond the main telephone socket or fibre connection point in your property, and we won’t be installing extension sockets - to minimise the time we have to spend in your home.
At the end of the appointment, our engineer will explain what they’ve done - via the phone, Whatsapp or Facetime – whichever suits you best.
Finally, the Government has asked us to carry on extending and upgrading our network to add more capacity and deliver faster, more reliable broadband. That includes building our new Full Fibre network and it means you will still see our engineers working in the street, digging trenches and installing new cables. They’re doing essential work to our network as Key Workers, so please remember to maintain two metres social distancing.
We will continue to update this information as the guidance evolves from both the UK Government, and other UK health organisations.
Thank you for helping us to keep you and our engineers safe.
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