The Government has updated its Covid advice for moving home by singling out the unvaccinated, who now cannot move home if someone they live with tests positive without breaking the law.
This latest update is the first sign that Ministers are losing patience with the estimated six million people in the UK who are not vaccinated.
From now onwards, unjabbed renters and house buyers will have to stay put, whereas those who have been vaccinated are only advised to test and then stay at home if a lateral flow test is positive.
New guidelines on the DLUHC website explain that if you are aged 18 years, six months or over, are not fully vaccinated, and live in the same household as someone with Covid, you are legally required to stay at home and self-isolate.
But if you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and six months, and live in the same household as someone with Covid, you are not legally required to self-isolate.
However, it says: “You are strongly advised to take a Lateral Flow Device test every day for seven days, and to self-isolate if any of these test results is positive.”
The government advice adds that there is a greater risk that home moves may need to be delayed if someone in the transaction shows symptoms of Covid or is self-isolating.
“We encourage all parties involved to be as flexible as possible and be prepared to delay moves, for example if one of those involved becomes ill with COVID-19 during the moving process or has to self-isolate,” the guidance says.
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