Easing lockdown

The government has published its coronavirus recovery strategy, setting out an indicative roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions. Our understanding is that there is no expectation that housing associations will immediately return to business as usual and we know this will take some time. However, the guidance does clarify where work can restart or continue safely where appropriate.

In the pages below, we’ve summarised the key measures, along with how they may affect housing associations and their residents.

We are seeking further clarity on several urgent issues, including the impact for lettings and sales, repairs and maintenance, and supported housing.

We want to hear how the lockdown easing is impacting your organisation – please get in touch with any questions or concerns so we can share this feedback in our ongoing conversations with government departments.

Easing lockdown: sector update

Book your place now for our webinar on 28 May looking at the government's guidance on easing lockdown and what it means for housing associations. 

Note on timings

  • The precise timetable for lifting restrictions will depend on the infection risk at each point, and the effectiveness of mitigation measures like contact tracing.
  • Initially, the gap between steps will be several weeks, to allow sufficient time for monitoring. The time between stages may be reduced if monitoring processes become more widespread and accurate.
  • The government may also need to reimpose restrictions at short notice if transmission rates increase too much.

Ongoing restrictions


Easing restrictions from 13 May 2020

Easing restrictions from 1 June 2020

Supporting programmes

Summary of supporting programmes the government is already operating or planning to roll out which are relevant to housing associations.

Responding to coronavirus

We’ve also collated the most relevant official advice on coronavirus, which members can use to plan with their local partners and put appropriate measures in place.

Who to speak to

Catherine Ryder, Director of Policy and Research