People can continue to move house despite the new coronavirus lockdown coming into effect in England, the Housing Secretary has confirmed.
Robert Jenrick said renters and homeowners will still be able to move following Thursday’s planned lockdown.
Removal firms and estate agents can still work and tradespeople will be able to go inside homes.
Writing on Twitter, Mr Jenrick said: “Housing market update ahead of Thursday’s measures: Renters & homeowners will be able to move; Removal firms and estate agents can operate; Construction sites can and should continue; Tradespeople will be able to enter homes.
“But all must follow the Covid safety guidance.”
The news comes as Senior Conservative MP Sir Graham Brady has said the “repetitive cycle” of lockdowns is “immensely damaging to people’s livelihoods, is deeply depressing and is causing a huge toll in terms of people’s mental health and family relationships”.
The chairman of the 1922 Committee told BBC Radio 4’s The Westminster Hour he is likely to vote against the new restrictions set to come into force in England on Thursday, as he warned of a “mission creep” of more restrictions.
He said he was concerned about the intrusion into people’s rights: “The freedom of association, the right to a family life.
“We even have the Government telling people who they are allowed to sleep with or not depending on whether they are deemed to be in an established relationship or not.
“If these kinds of measures were being taken in any totalitarian country around the world we would be denouncing it as a form of evil and here the removal of people’s fundamental liberties is going almost without comment and I think it is very important that we focus on those basic human rights and find ways, of course, to deal with the serious threat of Covid 19 but do it working with people rather than doing things to people.”
The lockdown will begin at 12.01am on Thursday 5 November, subject to Parliamentary approval.
It will end on Wednesday 2 December, when the government seek to ease the new restrictions on a local and regional basis, according to the latest data and trends at the time.
The lockdown will be subject to a debate and a vote in the House of Commons which is likely on Wednesday.
The introduction of national restrictions marks a dramatic shift in Government policy, as the Prime Minister has until now resisted pressure to reintroduce nationwide restrictions.