Masks Recommended for REALTORS® and Clients as BC Introduces New COVID-19 Measures
The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) recommends REALTORS® and your clients once again wear masks while conducting open houses and private showings as a result of rising COVID-19 case numbers and the BC government's recent announcement that beginning August 25, people 12 and older - both vaccinated and unvaccinated - will be required to wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
The government also announced that proof of vaccination through a provincial vaccine card will be required for participation in discretionary activities beginning on September 13.
BCREA is currently seeking more information about the mask mandate and vaccine card as they relate to real estate transactions, but in the interest of keeping the public safe and stopping the spread of COVID-19, BCREA recommends Realtors and clients be vigilant and wear masks in indoor spaces when conducting real estate transactions. We also recommend brokerages review their health and safety plans and act accordingly.
The government has indicated that the mask mandate is temporary and will be reassessed as the BC vaccine card is fully implemented. Until then, masks will be required in areas such as malls and shopping centres, retail and grocery stores, restaurants and bars, public transportation, schools, and more. Proof of vaccination will be required for indoor concerts, sporting events, movie theatres, gyms, and more.
For more details about BC's latest COVID-19 orders, restrictions, and guidance, click here. As more information becomes available or if these recommendations change, BCREA will update Realtors accordingly.
Throughout the pandemic, Realtors have prioritized public health and safety. As the pandemic continues, we encourage brokerages and Realtors to review public health orders and COVID-19 best practices to ensure minimizing the impact of COVID-19 remains a priority.
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