People can still move house and construction sites can continue, confirms Jenrick

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed that renters and homeowners will still be able to move house and construction sites “can and should continue” after the new Covid-19 lockdown comes into force in England.

On Saturday 31st October, prime minister Boris Johnson announced new national restrictions which are set to be introduced from Thursday 5th November, following a rapid rise in Covid-19 case numbers across the whole of the UK.

From the 5th November to 2nd December, the government is taking the following action:

  • requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes
  • preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes
  • closing certain businesses and venues.

However, the housing market will remain open throughout this period.

Writing on Twitter, Jenrick said that renters and homeowners will be able to move; removal firms and estate agents can operate; construction sites can and should continue; and tradespeople will be able to enter homes.

He emphasised that “all must follow the Covid safety guidance”.

“Anyone who cannot work effectively from home should travel to work and follow the relevant guidance for their workplace. This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting vital sectors,” he said in a Tweet.

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