Boris Johnson’s latest announcement on Saturday 31st October of another imminent lockdown in England, has left the nation preparing for at least a month of tighter restrictions on our daily lives.
The impact on the new build industry was not addressed during Johnson’s speech. However, Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, has confirmed that the new lockdown will not close construction sites or prevent house viewings, as was the case during the spring lockdown.
In a tweet on the evening of Saturday 31st October, Jenrick wrote:
“Q: Can I still move house? A: Yes – the housing market will remain open throughout this period. Everyone should continue to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus by following the current guidance.”
Although we can’t know for sure, it seems we can be cautiously optimistic that this lockdown may have less of a negative impact on the housing industry than the lockdown in the spring.