The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has issued new guidance to home movers and estate agents in England following the changes to restrictions on 19th July.
While most legal restrictions on contact with others are no longer in place, the government has emphasised the ongoing “need for caution and restraint” amid step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown.
“While the virus continues to circulate, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. We will continue to manage the virus and provide guidance over the coming months. We urge everyone involved in the home buying and selling process to continue to follow good hygiene practices, including regular hand-washing, sanitising, and cleaning,” states the advice on gov.uk.
Should I wear a face mask at a property viewing?
The latest guidance suggests that you should consider wearing a face covering while you’re viewing a home for sale, or to rent. The home owner may specifically request this. The guidance states that these measures are “at the discretion of the homeowner and we would ask you to accommodate their wishes.”
Some estate agents may also ask you to wear a face covering when entering their offices. You can read the guidance on when and how to wear face coverings here.