Hopefully more news coming soon

The Government has released its long-awaited plan to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions, but sadly there is no mention of estate agents.

A 50-page document published this afternoon doesn’t mention agents or the property market.

It comes as Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Sunday evening with what some saw as a garbled message urging people to return to work and travel to the office if they can or continue operating from home.

This suggests the status quo remains for the sector and physical viewings are still prohibited.

Agency branches have effectively been closed to the public since March 24th when estate and lettings agents were not included in a list of key workers.

Later Government guidance clarified that agents should work from home, properties can be marketed but viewings should not take place inside a property, although virtual viewings are allowed.

Those who had exchanged were urged to try to delay completion but the guidance said moves could go ahead if they were unavoidable and social distancing measures were followed.