Can I still move home during the Tier 5 lockdown?

The prime minister Boris Johnson announced last night that the fight against Covid-19 in England has been escalated to Tier 5, with the PM ordering the closure of all schools and non-essential shops for at least the next six weeks. The latest lockdown comes amid a sharp rise in coronavirus cases all over the country, and concerns that the NHS is at risk of being overwhelmed.

In conjunction with the announcement, the government has updated the official guidance website with comprehensive information on what you can and cannot do during the national lockdown. This includes specific confirmation that that buying, selling and letting activities can continue during the new lockdown in England and that estate agents, as well as removal firms, can still operate by going inside homes.

Government advice on moving home:

You can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.

Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings.

Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering.

We’re here for our community!

At Simpson West we will continue to support our clients and ensure the safety of both clients and staff by adhering to strict Covid safety guidance, we have published our procedures for Covid safe viewings here, and updated our article on the governments advice on moving during the outbreak here.

Virtual valuations, virtual 360 degree tours and our new instant property alert service are all available to keep you on track with your sale or move. Physical viewings will only be conducted in line with our procedures above and our offices remain open on an appointment only basis.

You can view the full government guidance for the lockdown in England by clicking here.

And for the specific government guidance on moving home click here.