The government has told the unvaccinated that they must legally self-isolate if they live in the same house as somebody who contracts covid-19.
The fully vaccinated however do not have to self-isolate, though they have been advised to take a test every week and do so if they test positive.
The singling out of the unvaccinated comes in the government’s ‘Moving home during coronavirus (COVID-19)’ guidance, which has been updated following the new threat of the Omicron variant.
It reads: “If you have been vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine, you are less likely to become severely ill if you catch COVID-19. You are also less likely to spread COVID-19 to other people, but it is still possible for this to happen.
“Therefore… if you are aged 18 years 6 months or over and you are not fully vaccinated, and you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you are legally required to stay at home and self-isolate
“if you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months, and you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you are not legally required to self-isolate. However, you are strongly advised to take an Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test every day for 7 days, and to self-isolate if any of these test results is positive”.
Self-isolating can end after 7 days following two negative lateral flow tests 24 hours apart.
People involved in a house transactions have been urged wear face coverings inside, even if it’s not legally required.
Properties should be ventilated to provide fresh air.
Meanwhile good hygiene practices should be maintained, like regular hand-washing, sanitising, and cleaning.
While there are no legal limits on how many people can view a home, the government recommended for buyers to take advantage of any opportunities to view homes remotely before committing to an in-person viewing.
In the current climate a certain amount of flexibility is advised. For example if somebody becomes ill with Covid-19 during the moving process you should prepare to delay moves.
Regarding further measures, sellers were told they could include capping the number of visitors viewing a home at one time.