The housing market is to stay open across the UK, including in the new Tier 4 areas of England.
An announcement from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick, on Twitter, says: “Housing market update: the sales and rental markets remain open in all tiers. All associated activities can continue as before.”
But he continues: “Please follow the Covid-secure guidance. And use your judgment as to whether it’s necessary right now.”
The final sentence from Jenrick echoes Westminster government guidance - along with restricting Christmas and travel plans - that people should use their own judgment on whether to continue with planned activities.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has also given specific guidance for the English tier 4 locations.
It says: “You can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless absolutely necessary.
“Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings.
"Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing and wearing a face covering.”
So far nothing has been said about the small number of residential transactions that might involve crossing the border between England and Scotland; there is a travel ban on border crossing imposed by the Scottish Government for the duration of the festive period.