This legislation is The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restriction, England) Regulations 2020.
Regulation 6 provides that no person may leave the place in which they are living without reasonable excuse. That being to go to and from work where it was not possible to work from home, to shop for bare necessities, for a medical need, or to take one form of exercise per day.
Regulation 6 (2) (l) provides a consent to be outside of the place in which you are living 'to move house where reasonably necessary'. This is seen to be an favourable extension to previous guidelines announced on Monday 23 March, by the Prime Minister as detailed above.
Government guidance suggests :
UK Finance have confirmed that for customers who have already exchanged contracts, mortgage lenders are already working to enable customers to extend their mortgage offer for up to three months to help them move home.
Guidance is also now provided to Estate Agents, Conveyancers, Surveyors & Removers.
In terms of Removers, Regulation 7(d)(i) permits a gathering of more than two persons where it is necessary to facilitate a house move. A professional removal company would also be acting in the course of their work which they cannot do from home.
However, it should be noted that they can only carry out their work, where they can exercise social distancing. They should not come into close contact with the occupants of the property. This would also be more problematic in the case of a household displaying symptoms of the virus, which would require isolation.
Any person who is believed to have contravened the Regulations may be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice by an 'authorised person'. The fixed penalty notice will be a fixed sum of £60, payable within 28 days reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days. However, the authorised person may also direct that person to return to the place where they are living, or remove that person to the place that they are living. Failure to comply with such a result would permit an arrest.
An authorised person for the purpose of the regulations is a Constable, Police Community Support Officer, a person designated by the Secretary of State for that purpose or a person designated as relevant by the local authority.