WorkSafeBC Issues Real Estate Protocols for Returning to Operation
On Friday, May 15, WorkSafeBC posted Real Estate Protocols for Returning to Operation. In anticipation of their release, the British Columbia Real Estate Association has been working in collaboration with the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate and the Real Estate Council of British Columbia to prepare a checklist for managing brokers to support them as they plan to safely resume operations.
In the coming days, managing brokers will be carefully reviewing WorkSafeBC's recommendations and this checklist to ensure the safety of staff, REALTORS® and consumers, as we enter phase two of BC's Restart Plan. As a Realtor, you can support your managing broker by familiarizing yourself with WorkSafeBC's recommendations and the checklist, and also by showing patience as your managing broker puts protocols into place to support you and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While the protocols are being developed, it's important that everyone continues to comply with public health orders.
The checklist is not about a "return to normal" but adapting to a new normal. Realtors, managing brokers and other real estate professionals are still required to follow public health guidelines, including prioritizing and encouraging virtual/remote options over in-person and office interactions wherever possible and ensuring physical distancing and high sanitization standards in the workplace.
Above all, Realtors, managing brokers and consumers must understand the potentially harmful consequences of in-person interactions if they are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone experiencing symptoms. Working together we can help keep our communities safe.
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