Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that all retail staff will be obliged to wear masks when working - and it's now been confirmed that this applies to estate agency branches.
Mark Hayward, chief executive of NAEA Propetymark, has this afternoon told the press: “We have asked the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government how the Prime Minister’s announcement about face masks for those in retail will impact agents and have been told that agents will be expected to wear masks while working in their High Street offices. Legislation will be brought in to this effect shortly and we advise agents must adopt this measure to both protect themselves and their clients.”
It is thought that the legislation could be passed as soon as Thursday of this week.
Boris Johnson has warned that this measure - and others announced today - will last for up to six months.
The other measures are:
- work from home if you can;
- pubs and restaurants to close at 10pm (close - not just last orders);
- face coverings at work for all retail staff, taxi customers and hospitality businesses;
- additional fines for those who do not comply;
- reduced numbers allowed at weddings and funerals;
- indoor sports involving more than six people banned.
The Prime Minister has also warned that if these measures do not bring the Coronivirus R (reproduction) rate to below 1.0 “greater firepower” in the form of more restrictions may be required at a later date.
Strikingly, he also said the police would be able to call on military assistance if required for enforcement.