An online petition wants all agents’ offices to close during the pandemic.
Keeping them open means agents feel "forced and pressured" to conduct unsafe viewings, it claims.
Posted by an individual named Vikram Shah, the petition wants the government to close all agents’ offices as their work is ‘non-essential’.
It reads: “I would like to request that the Government and Parliament reconsider their decision for Estate Agents to remain open during lockdowns and within tier 4. It is difficult for them to follow guidelines and they are not ‘essential workers’.
“The most valid reason to action this is to protect and save lives. Keeping estate agents open, which allows several households to mix during viewings is going against guidelines and is neither safe or sensible.
“Agents are feeling forced and pressured into conducting viewings whilst this should be the last of their worries especially as there is now a new variant of the virus.
“Agents should work from home and do virtual viewings and only do physical viewings where absolutely safe to do so.”
So far it has only just over 1,000 signatures: at 10,000 signatures the government is obliged to issue a written response and at 100,000 signatures the government has to consider (but not necessarily follow through with) a debate.
You can see the petition here.