A leading housebuilder is opening its developments in York on Saturday.

On-site marketing suites and showhomes have been closed since March 25 when the UK-wide Covid-19 lockdown was introduced.

The Government has now confirmed that they can reopen safely, as long as social distancing is applied and additional hygiene measures are in place.

Persimmon Homes has announced it is reopening its sites to house hunters.

The Germany Beck development in Fulford and sites in Easingwold and Pocklington are among the first to reopen.

All Persimmon sales staff have received training to help keep visitors safe.

Initially, sales consultations will be on a pre-booked appointment basis only.

Scott Waters, deputy managing director of Persimmon Homes Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted that we are now in a position to be re-opening our developments to visitors who pre-book appointments.

“The health, safety and wellbeing of the public and everyone who works on our sites remain the top priority.

“Our sales advisers have worked extremely hard to help existing and new customers during this difficult lockdown period and continue to be able via phone and email. Reservations and completions have, in fact, remained strong despite no face-to-face contact.

“Even so, being able to meet with househunters, albeit at a safe distance, is an important step forward and will be a help for many people. Looking around the showhomes to see the type of properties on offer is also valuable for many people.”

During lockdown Persimmon worked closely with its colleagues, sub-contractors and suppliers to develop and test a range of new protocols to enable work to recommence safely, in anticipation of a potential return to its sites and its sales offices.

David Jenkinson, CEO, said: “We support the Government’s view that the housing sector has a key role to play in the UK’s economic recovery. The urgent need for new homes has not been diminished by COVID-19 and the new measures announced by the Government will reopen the housing market and allow people to get moving again.

“Our sales colleagues can now begin to return to site but staff and customer safety remains our first priority and we have put in place new protocols and training procedures to enable them to restart operations safely.

“Persimmon decided not to access any form of Government support during the shutdown period and has maintained its commitments to its colleagues and communities in full throughout.

“Now, as we re-start activity, this decision is also enabling us to get back to work swiftly and safely. Persimmon is open for business and we are looking forward to welcoming customers back to site and continuing to play our part in rebuilding Britain’s economy.”

Initially, sales consultations will be on a pre-booked appointment basis only.

To book, visit www.persimmonhomes.com and call the number listed on the individual development page.