Estate agents could be among the first businesses to reopen when COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, according to a report seen by ministers. They, along with restaurants and coffee shops, are deemed to offer the greatest boost to the stricken economy, but the smallest risk of transmitting the disease.
To ensure they are safe, all premises must practice social distancing with screens or big gaps between tables. The thinking is laid out in a report from Tory peer Lord Gadhia and GlaxoSmithKline chairman Sir Jonathan Symonds. "The initial focus for reopening the economy should be on sectors that have the greatest multiplier effects with minimum risks,” the report states. “The property market has wide multiplier effects.”
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