Covid-19 Government guidelines

Published: 15 May 20

BEIS has suggested it is safe for brokerage viewings to re-open.  However, the overall Government advice is that non-essential retail should remain closed until 1 June.  If you decide to undertake viewings you must take great care over social distancing, PPE, etc for yourself, and to protect your family as well as your clients.  The medical information is that the Covid-19 pathogen is known to be present in air for 3 hours and up to 2-3 days on surfaces.  Shiny surfaces hold the pathogen on the surface, whereas more porous surfaces soak it in, meaning shiny surfaces, such as are found on boats, are liable to hold these pathogens on the surface.  ABYA advice is therefore that you should leave a boat unused for up to 72 hours between viewings to avoid the transmission to other viewers or to yourself.  Handover the disinfected keys, see the viewers onto the boat from a safe distance and lock up once they have gone.  

If you leave the lights etc turned on and simply turn the battery switch off you can advise the viewers to turn the battery on so they can see everything working.  Ask them to turn it off before they leave so you do not have to go into the boat.

REMEMBER - Covid-19 is a killer, is easily transmitted and is not visible.  Everyone must continue to protect themselves to avoid a second wave and further period of lockdown across the summer.

IF YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE ABOUT DOING VIEWINGS YOU ARE WITHIN YOUR RIGHTS TO REFUSE TO DO SO.  IT IS YOUR DECISION.

A Covid-19 poster from the Government and the Government guidelines are in the members area for ABYA members to access easily.

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