Boris has painted himself into a corner. His Chancellor’s refusal to extend the Stamp Duty holiday means he could hardly close down the market for at least half the remaining period prior to the 31st March cut-off date.
Keeping the market open, despite feeling uncomfortable, was his only course of action.
Many have been running polls about whether offices should be open. Should is a big word – we’re all responsible adults and worried about Covid – but we also have a need to run with the ball here.
My business these days is viewings and we’ve done around 100,000 since March last year with, as far as I’m aware, not a single accusation of having caused an infection.
My instinct is that most are now much more adherent to the rules with hands, face and social distancing the norm.
They’ve little time for those openly flouting the law and are getting less British about intervening. This means they can look for a home whilst following the rules.
To use a rugby analogy, if we see a gap let’s go for it, head down and with determination. Let’s show the rest of the country we can help them move safely and if you have concerns about bringing the virus into your office or isolating staff – there are solutions.
Ed Mead is the co-founder of outsourced viewings platform Viewber.