Agents in smaller offices should wear masks, recommends leading trade body

first_imgFace coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July and those who fail to comply with the new ruling could be fined up to £100.But once again the government guidance, and ministers’ comments, have left estate agents to fall in between the cracks from a legal perspective.For example, while health secretary Matt Hancock has said people in shops and supermarkets must wear masks, he has also said there is no need for face coverings to be worn within offices.So once again agents are left to interpret the rules. Paul Offley, Compliance Officer for The Guild of Property Professionals, says: “Our recommendation is that firms continue to follow their own COVID-secure risk assessment process.“They should be mindful that the guidance is that face coverings should be worn in enclosed spaces and where two-metre social distancing cannot be adhered to, or in any other circumstances as set out in an agent’s own COVID-secure risk assessment policy.Protecting staff“Whether estate and lettings agents are classified as a ‘shop’ or not, they are legally responsible for protecting both their staff and others from risk.“Agents must make sure that the risk assessment they have for their business addresses the risks of COVID-19 and measures have been taken to create a safe environment for staff in the office and people that walk into it.“Just as all measures should be taken to ensure the safety of people in the office, it is vital that agents follow health guidelines when going to into people’s homes.“Again, where the two-metre social distance rule cannot not be applied, face coverings should be worn to minimise risks to all parties involved.“Regardless of whether it is government mandated or not, estate and lettings agents should make the safety of their customers and colleagues a priority. Making the health of others paramount will ensure we continue to make progress and avoid the possibility of further regional lockdowns in the future.” mask covid coronavirus July 16, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » COVID-19 news » Agents in smaller offices should wear masks, recommends leading trade body previous nextCOVID-19 newsAgents in smaller offices should wear masks, recommends leading trade bodyAs masks become mandatory in shops but not offices the Guild says if negotiators can’t be separated by more than two metres, then coverings should be worn.Nigel Lewis16th July 202002,726 Viewslast_img read more

Support for bicycle mass transit in China may hold lessons for others

first_img Read Full Story As nations struggle with the health consequences associated with physical inactivity — 5.3 million deaths per year, according to a 2012 study published in Lancet and led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researcher I-M Lee — they may gain insight from China’s longstanding support for bicycling, which can provide an affordable way to get exercise.Anne Lusk, research scientist in the Department of Nutrition at HSPH, compares the history of bicycling in China with that of the U.S. and the Netherlands in an article in the winter 2012 issue of Harvard Asia Quarterly, the professional academic journal of Harvard University’s Asia Center. Lusk has more than 30 years of experience researching and consulting to help communities develop comfortable, safe bicycling environments to motivate people of all ages and incomes around the world to bicycle. She was quoted March 8, 2013 on boston.com on plans for a cycle track in downtown Boston.In her article — which looked at bicycling in China, the U.S. and the Netherlands around 1890, 1920, 1949, 1970, and currently — Lusk described how over the years the Chinese government set aside road space, that generally is more than double the 6- to 8-foot width of typical bicycle-exclusive cycle tracks in the U.S., and funding for a bicycle mass transit system that continues today. China now has miles and miles of wide tree-lined cycle tracks, separated from sidewalks and roadways by barriers that allow cyclists to ride side-by-side and talk — thus, the concept of “social cycle tracks.”last_img read more