Boris Johnson has this week warned that the government may have to tighten lockdown restrictions if the public flout the existing rules at what is a “very perilous moment” in the COVID-19 pandemic, as a surge of infections puts pressure on the health system.
With growing government concern that the third lockdown may fail to bring the latest spike in coronavirus infections under control, Johnson’s official spokesperson has said that the lockdown measures are being kept under “constant review”.
The introduction of curfews, the closure of nurseries and places of worship, tighter restrictions on exercise, and mandatory use of masks, have all been suggested as part of a potential tightening of the restrictions in recent days, while Labour leader Keir Starmer has told the government to effectively shut down the housing market.
The government’s own advice on home moving during the coronavirus outbreak, which has been updated in recent days, states: “It may become necessary to pause all home moves locally or nationally for a short period of time to manage the spread of coronavirus. We will let you know if this needs to happen.”
The news has sparked a mixed response from agents, as reflected by the comments posted yesterday on EYE, with some in favour of seeing the housing market closed to manage the spread of coronavirus as the pandemic worsens, while others think this is an absurd suggestion. But what do you think?
The poll closes at 7pm this evening.