Advice to removal companies from their main trade body has put a stop to most transactions not already at a very late stage.
The British Association of Removers has told members to work only on those moves actually underway - others, including those booked but not started - should not take place.
Here’s the advice in full:
“The Member should only complete any moves that are underway and immediately cancel or postpone any move that has not yet started.
“It is evident that our collective and absolute priority now must be on ensuring the safety of the staff and customers of our Members, and of course their respective families, and so all parties must now make every immediate effort to remove the risk for mover and consumer alike at the very earliest opportunity.
“There will of course be many more questions asked and answers needing to be given over the next few days, but it is imperative that we react now to that very explicit instruction from the PM and we strongly encourage everyone to comply with the instructions issued by the PM, and the subsequent recommendation made by the BAR, and to keep safe and well.”