MPs vote to back second lockdown
MPs have voted to back a second lockdown in England lasting four weeks, by a majority of 516 to 38.
The lockdown will include the closure of pubs, gyms and non-essential shops, and will replace the three-tiered structure of restrictions currently in place across England, ending on 2 December.
During this time, unlike in the previous period of lockdown which began in March, the housing market will remain open, under strict social distancing guidelines.
Mark Hayward, chief executive at NAEA Propertymark, said: “The news the housing market will remain open throughout this second lockdown period is extremely promising.
“We are optimistic that the current housing boom, triggered by both the re-opening of the housing market in May and subsequent stamp duty holiday, will continue.
“It is vital that agents continue taking all necessary steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus, working in accordance with government and Propertymark guidelines, so the market can continue moving for the entirety of the second lockdown period.”