COVID-19 - Update and Status
Current government guidelines and restrictions in the UK
The UK is still in a lockdown state, but certain aspects have been eased.
Current guidance from the government states you should:
stay at home as much as possible
work from home if you can
limit contact with other people
keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
Arriving in the UK
From the 10th July, arrivals to the UK will no longer be required to self-isolate if traveling from a country on the Government’s ‘travel corridor’ list.
Previously, self-isolation for 14 days was mandatory for all arrivals in the UK.
Arrivals from countries not on this list will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in the UK.
Where self-isolation is required, you must travel directly to the property you have nominated to self-isolate in. You must then remain in self-isolation in that property for 14 days. Fines can be issued if you do not self-isolate.
The countries on the travel corridor exemption list are subject to change. The list of exempted countries can be found here and will be kept updated should this change.
After the 14 days you can cease self-isolation as long as you do not have symptoms.
Further details on entering the UK can be found on the Government website.
Face coverings are mandatory on public transport.
Face coverings are not mandatory in other settings, though many people will wear them when out of their homes.
The government advice is to continue working from home where possible, though many businesses are able to have employees return to work as long as social distancing is upheld.
As of the 4th July, pubs, bars restaurants and hairdressers are among some of the business that have been allowed to re-open.
Strict social distancing must be practiced, along with a host of other precautions
Shops and retailers have been able to open since the June 15th as long as social distancing is upkept. Increasingly more shops are choosing to reopen.
Status of service delivery:
All services can be delivered, albeit with some alternative arrangements in place or adjustments to the ‘normal’ way of service delivery.
School applications may be disrupted. School viewings are not possible.
Keeping our staff and clients safe
RSS are constantly updating our practices in line with guidance issued by the government to ensure we are keeping all of our clients and our staff safe.
What we are currently doing to keep our staff and our clients safe:
No shared transport. RSS consultants will travel separately to our clients and assignees in line with government guidance.
All RSS staff that meet with clients are to abide by social distancing at all times. This means keeping 2 meter distance.
Masks will be worn and hand sanitiser made available.
When entering properties, proper hygiene will be maintained by washing hands often, and using hand sanitiser.
How Relocation Support Services can help
We’ve broadened our services to help our clients as much as possible during these times. Please contact us to discuss how we can support or see below some of the services we can provide to help ease the
Keeping clients safe: Where it is not possible for clients to physically view properties themselves, or where their preference is not to physically view a property, RSS can 'virtually' view properties on behalf of our clients
Live video tours, or recorded video viewings can be provided to clients allowing them to make a selection without physically being present
Ideal for those having to self-isolate or shield and are unable to attend property viewings themselves
Removal services are now possible and we can fully assist in making arrangements for our clients
We can arrange virtual surveys in order to provide a quotation in instances where our client cannot physically attend
All our removals partners have extremely strict compliance measures to meet Government guidance
Where clients are required to isolate on entering the UK, RSS can provide high quality temporary accommodation
RSS can provide transportation from the airport or train station to the accommodation in line with government guidance that this is pre-arranged
RSS can support in providing and delivering shopping for you if you have to self-isolate
This could be assistance with setting up online accounts or collection/delivery of food to the property
This also applies to collection and delivery of medication and prescriptions where needed
LEASE EXTENSIONS & RENT REDUCTIONS
RSS can handle negotiations to extend a tenancy in situations where employees have to stay longer in their property than they were expecting
Take advantage of low inflation rates by negotiating rent reductions