The government has updated its guidance on the regional lockdown in the North West today to clarify that people can continue to move home.

This will be a huge relief for landlords and letting agents in the affected areas, as many other activities have been curtailed.

This includes a ban on visiting gyms and swimming pools and restrictions on weddings, funerals, travelling by car, visiting friends at home, going on holiday and visiting people in care homes.

A Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said the guidance update has been included following questions from those working within the housing market following the regional lockdown, which includes Greater Manchester, five areas of Lancashire (Blackburn (pictured), Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale) as well as three areas of West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees).

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This new lockdown, which was announced over the weekend following spikes in Covid infections within these areas, enables both sales and letting agents to go about their business along with removals firms.

Also, landlords and their contractors can continue to attend to repair and maintenance issues at properties, and those planning to move home can still attend viewings.

Two other regional lockdowns have been implemented so far. These are in Luton, which ended on 1st August, and in Leicester, where restrictions continue albeit in a smaller area.

Read the guidance in full.

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