On Saturday 31 October, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a second lockdown across England, in a bid to impede the spread of COVID-19.
The revised government guidelines reflect the need to balance the wellbeing of the British public with the impact on the economy. For this reason, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed that the housing market and all associated activities will remain open throughout the lockdown period.
Following a thorough review of the revised guidance and liaison with the RICS and MHCLG, we have determined that until we receive guidance to the contrary, we will continue to book and undertake physical inspections throughout England.
However, the safety and wellbeing of our colleagues, clients and customers remains our priority and the safety precautions outlined in our Safety and Wellbeing Charter and video will be applied to every inspection. You can also read our Risk Assessment Certificate which sets out our commitment to the ongoing health, safety and wellbeing of everyone we work with.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
The ‘fire break’ lockdown in Wales remains in force until Monday 9 November. Colleagues based in Wales will continue to observe the restrictions and safety guidance – through the ‘fire break’ and beyond.
In Scotland, the Scottish government is due to introduce a ‘five-tier’ system of restrictions that reflect varying infection levels across the region.
At present, we do not believe this arrangement will restrict our ability to carry out physical inspections, but we will monitor the guidance and provide a full update if required.
We continue to undertake physical inspections of properties throughout Northern Ireland while monitoring and observing government guidance.