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Breaking: Government releases guidance on accompanied viewings for estate agents..

Ministry of Housing confirms viewings can take place but warns that open houses and driving clients to viewings are still prohibited.

The government has this morning published more detailed guidance on the health and safety aspects of the property market re-opening today, which it says will not be a ‘return to normality’.

“The process of finding and moving into a new home will need to be different given those involved in the process will have to adapt practices and procedures to ensure that the risk of spread of coronavirus is reduced as far as possible,” the guidance says.

It has also been confirmed that virtual viewings are to be encouraged as a key way for buyers to find their ideal home to rent or buy prior to nailing down a final list to view.

The government wants agents to request that members of the public conduct virtual viewings as much as possible and that open house events are still not permitted.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/government-advice-on-home-moving-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak