It may be ‘Freedom Day’ but it looks certain that many estate agents will still wear masks in offices today and into the near future at least.
The Guild of Property Professionals canvassed the opinions of many of its agents .
Katie Griffin, from Sawdye & Harris, states: “We have to keep our clients, staff and families safe and we as a firm, whilst relaxing the locked door policy, will be wearing masks for viewings and visitors to the office.
“Having sought opinion from our clients, both sellers and landlords, the majority are happy for masks to be worn for viewings. Safety has to be at the forefront of all we do.”
Catherine Freeman, sales manager at James Estate Agents, says her office will also continue to keep certain precautions in place for now. “We will still be wearing masks and sanitising on viewings and market appraisals. We will also request visitors to the office wear masks for the time being too. The general feeling is that it is too soon to go from having restrictions in place to nothing overnight.”
Alex Britchfield, partner at Davis & Partners, says his company is continuing social distancing.
“We’ve written to all our clients to inform them of this policy, and we have received nothing but support. Our policy for the protection of our staff, viewers and our clients is ‘no mask, no viewing’” he adds.
The valuation manager from Next Estate Agents, Debbie MacFarlane, comments: “Clients we have spoken to provide us with mixed messages with regards to the lifting of the restrictions, indeed no two client’s circumstances are the same.
“Our aim will be to make each client feel as comfortable as possible. We certainly do not wish for anyone to feel at risk or nervous and therefore we will be willing to adopt any or all of the previous hands, face, space guidelines to ensure our clients’ needs are met. In a public facing role this has to be priority.”
According to Edward Chelton Brown, director of Chelton Brown Lettings and Sales, his business will also still be very cautious.
“Monday morning and Friday afternoon Covid-19 tests have become the norm for those working in the office, and this will continue long after July 19 to ensure we are minimising any risk of spreading the virus.”