Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announces anyone can move house

Anyone can move house if they follow the new guidance on the government website, housing secretary Robert Jenrick announced during the daily government briefing.

Mr Jenrick explained that people who have been stuck in limbo since lockdown measures were introduced in March "can now add some certainty to their lives."

People will be able to visit estate agents and developer sales offices if the rules are adhered to. House viewings should be done virtually in the first instance.

"This can be achieved with all parties observing hygiene measures and social distancing guidelines," Mr Jenrick said.

Mr Jenrick said the government’s plan "will enable people to move home safely, covering each aspect of the sales and letting process from viewings to removals."

However, he added that those who have coronavirus or are self isolating "should not be moving".

Construction sites will be able to apply to extend working hours with immediate effect.

To allow for more flexible working hours, building sites in England will be able to operate until 9pm Monday to Saturday in residential areas and longer in non-residential areas.

Mr Jenrick said: "Varied start and finish times will make it much easier for sites to observe social distancing, take the pressure off public transport like the Tube in London and keep Britain building."