Working safely during COVID-19: enforcement agents (bailiffs)

COVID-19 secure guidance for enforcement agents (also known as bailiffs) using the Taking Control of Goods process.

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The UK is currently experiencing a public health emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical that we all take steps to keep everyone safe. This document is intended to help those using the taking control of goods process – including all enforcement agents (both public and private), their employers and the creditors that use their services – understand how to work safely during the pandemic. The government is clear that no one should be forced to work in unsafe conditions and that the health and safety of workers and the public should not be put at risk.

Published 21 August 2020
Last updated 25 March 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect reduction in covid restrictions.

  2. Updated due to removal of Plan B restrictions

  3. Updated due to new COVID guidance on 19 July

  4. Welsh version of the guidance published.

  5. First published.