REALTORS® Encouraged to Continue Safe Business Practices in Light of New Public Health Orders
CATEGORY: Practice Tips
TAGS: COVID-19 Health Guidelines Safer Showings Virtual Showings Virtual Tours
With new health orders announced by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) on November 19, BCREA encourages REALTORS® to continue COVID-19-conscious business practices, which includes using virtual tools when possible, to market, show, and view properties to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The PHO's recent announcement and order extends the ban on social interactions and non-essential travel to the entire province. While these restrictions do not apply directly to rental and home sale viewings, Realtors should continue to use virtual tools in order to limit face-to-face interactions.
BCREA, the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC), the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate (OSRE) and WorkSafe BC are working on updating our guidance on safer showings as a result of the recent announcements. This includes seeking clarity on the PHO's mandate for masks in indoor public spaces with respect to real estate.
As always, Realtors should:
- monitor and adhere to all provincial health orders, notices, and guidance;
- refer to the BCREA and RECBC guidance for Safer Showings During BC's Second Wave; and
- seek guidance from your managing broker if you have any questions.
You can find more information and resources on the use of virtual tools, how to safely conduct in-person showings and navigating the COVID-19 pandemic here.
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