Gas safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

This page gives an overview of HSE's guidance for landlords, registered gas engineers and tenants previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Use the links in the sections below to go to our detailed guidance on the Gas Safe Register website.


The law says you must repair and maintain gas pipework, flues and appliances. The law also says you must do annual gas safety checks and keep a record of those safety checks.

You may have difficulty doing safety checks during the pandemic as some tenants may be self-isolating.

You should assess the balance of any risk presented by the gas system against the risk to health from COVID-19.

What landlords need to do during the coronavirus pandemic

Registered gas engineers

You can continue to work during the pandemic. This includes work in other people's home such as plumbing, electrical and gas work.

How to work safely in a customer's home

Tenants previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable

During the pandemic, the UK government defined some people as clinically extremely vulnerable.

Following expert clinical advice and the successful rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine programme, people previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable will not be advised to shield again.

Anyone previously identified as clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to follow the guidance in Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread.

Individuals should consider advice from their health professional on whether additional precautions are right for them. If so, you should inform your landlord, who will balance any risk from your home’s gas system against the risk to your health. An assessment may show that the gas safety check should go ahead to keep you safe.

You can find information on separate arrangements in Scotland and Wales, and guidance on who is clinically extremely vulnerable and what further support may be available, from Health Protection Scotland and Public Health Wales.

We review and update this page to reflect any changes in guidance.

Page last reviewed: 30 November 2021

Next review due: 31 December 2021