What are the Covid alert levels?

The Covid alert levels are designed to structure information in a simple way so that local authorities, residents and workers can easily interpret what restrictions are in place for their local area by determining what tier they're in. 

The guidance, restrictions and legislation surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic are constantly changing and therefore you must always refer to the Government guidance for the latest information. Visit the Government website for more information.

Tier 1 (Medium):
  • Rule of six applies to all socialising indoors or outdoors
  • Business and venues can continue to operate
  • Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated and must close between 11pm and 5am.
  • Attendance to outdoor and indoor events is permitted with a cap on numbers
  • Schools and Universities remain open
  • If you travel to a tier 2 you must follow the local rules there
  • You should avoid traveling to tier 3 areas unless it's for work, education or youth services
Tier 2 (High):
  • No socialising with anyone outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting
  • Rule of six applies if socialising outside
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate
  • Pubs and bars must close unless operating as restaurants.
  • Attendance to outdoor and indoor events is permitted but with a cap on numbers
  • Schools and Universities remain open.
  • You can still travel to venues or amenities that are open, but should look to reduce the number of journeys
  • If you live in a tier 2 area and travel to tier 1, you must still follow tier 2 rules.
  • You should avoid traveling to tier 3 areas unless it's for work, education or youth services
Tier 3 (Very High):
  • No socialising with anyone outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting and most outdoor settings
  • Rule of six applies if socialising outside
  • Pubs, bars, hospitality, indoor entertainment and attractions must close
  • Accommodation such as hotels must close unless those who use the venues use it as a main residence or it is necessary for work, education or training
  • Avoid traveling outside.
  • Avoid traveling overnight in another part of the UK if you are a resident in a tier 3 alert level

Covid's impact on the housing market 

House moves and the activity supporting house moves can continue in all the Covid alert level tiers. However, it is increasingly important that all safety guidelines are strictly followed. In all cases, estate and letting agencies should:

  • Operate on an appointment only basis with a locked door policy
  • Always wear face masks when dealing with the public or visiting a property
  • In Scotland, wearing a face mask is mandatory when moving around the workplace and while in a canteen
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Adhere to social distancing rules

It is vital that the property sector take guidance seriously and ensure that policies on PPE are being followed without exception. We recommend reviewing your policies and working practices and ensure that they are robust as there will be fines up-to £10,000 for businesses breaking COVID-19 rules.

 

12 Jul 2020
Coronavirus outbreak, guidance for sales and lettings agents

During the Covid-19 pandemic we have been reviewing guidance from the UK Government and devolved administrations to create overlaying best practice and support our members in working safely and developing their own procedures.

Coronavirus resources

 

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