A 50-page report has been prepared which will be submitted to MPs this afternoon, covering the main lines of return to work policies for a number of industries; these will be developed in separate sectoral directives which will be published next week.
Premier Boris Johnson said on television last night that industry leaders in all major sectors will soon receive advice on how to become “Covid secure.”
Meanwhile, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said the current restrictions have left some families “stuck in houses that no longer suit them” and that he intends to relax those restrictions – without giving details .
The foreclosure has already broken down in terms of real estate agent activity.
Several agents have been in touch with the real estate agent today in the past few days, alleging that competitors in their respective fields have visited or opened their offices contrary to the foreclosure directives.
The contacts follow EAT’s story last week that an agency in Gloucester was the first to open its branch to the public, with social distancing and other measures in place, and apparently with the blessing of the local council.
The new allegations received by EAT relate to agents as distant as Plymouth, Swansea, London, Manchester and Lanarkshire.
Two allegations refer to the opening of agents by agents – although there is uncertainty among those contacting EAT as to whether members of the public were involved. The others refer to views, online agents being cited as frequent but not unique “offenders”.
Advice on visits seems clearly defined, with NAEA Propertymark saying, “According to current public health advice, in-person visits are not allowed and should be delayed.” However, several officers have spoken openly about visiting empty properties, claiming that they are safe as long as social distance is respected.
An agent told EAT, “It is not a level playing field when my colleagues and I tell potential sellers that we are unable to make these appointments. XXX and XXX will probably say it was okay because the property was empty, but I believe this still runs counter to current government guidelines for non-essential travel. I would be interested to know what the other officers thought of this work in progress. “
Some officers say their rivals have gone further and conducted investigations and visits to properties that are still occupied, although it is unknown whether the owners were on the scene when the investigations and visits were allegedly carried out.
A specific allegation by an agent contacting EAT refers to recent visits by an online agent who, in March, continued on social media to report that he was suffering from coronavirus symptoms, referring to his fever and urging those he had been in contact with to monitor symptoms.
Officers’ complaints follow this story about Liddington bone property, a one-stop sales and rental agency in Gloucester, which opened to the public Wednesday of last week and has adopted a “one in, one out” policy.