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Moving house: Can you move house during lockdown?

If you are already in the process of moving and have sold your house or terminated your lease and therefore can no longer remain in your existing home, then it can be assumed that under current rules it would be classed as essential.

However, if you are only considering moving at this point, it would be unwise to continue until after the COVID-19 pandemic is finished.

It would also be breaking social distancing rules if you were to go and look around a property.

Many estate agents have closed their offices to comply with self isolation and social distancing practices.

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“That is why people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes – shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible, one form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household, any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.”

It comes after ministers and union leaders condemned members of the public who had ignored the social distancing guidelines.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock accused the rulebreakers of being “very selfish”.

“Until we get a grip on the spread of this virus with the kinds of measures we have taken, then we can’t start to get our way out of it as a country,” he said.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said people ignoring the guidance were “insulting” NHS workers.

“Don’t be foolish and think social distancing applies to someone else, not to you and your family. It’s insulting to brave healthcare staff on the front line,” he said.

“NHS and care employees are putting their lives in danger every day at work. This is so we can all stay safe at home with our loved ones.”

Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the time was right to enforce lockdown measures otherwise Britain could face a similar or worse crisis than Italy.

He told MPs: “People are going to shops, parks, beaches, holiday homes as if nothing has changed.”

According to the latest figures, there have now been 6,650 confirmed cases of coronavirus reported, with 335 deaths across the UK.

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