UK trade body Energy UK has halted all non-essential smart meter works due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Comparison services provider Uswitch energy expert Will Owen commented: “It’s no surprise that ‘non-essential’ work like the smart meters roll-out has been paused. The risk of engineers and consumers catching or spreading the virus is too great.

“However, if you have an urgent problem that needs fixing, it’s reassuring to know that workers will continue to fix smart meters in emergency situations such as loss of power supply.

“We trust that the government and Ofgem will be pragmatic about evaluating energy suppliers’ targets on smart meter installation, and in agreeing on new goals once the pandemic has passed.”