Update from OREA:
Open houses are not permitted.
In-person real estate showings can happen by appointment only and must follow all public health rules and guidelines (see below).
Impact on Real Estate Brokerages
As essential services, real estate brokerages can continue to operate with certain limitations:
- Remote work – Each broker of record (i.e. under the COVID rules “person responsible for the business”) must ensure that any person who performs work for the business conducts their work remotely unless the nature of the work requires them to be on-site at the workplace/brokerage
- Capacity limits – capacity inside a real estate business is limited to the lesser of 50% capacity or the number of people that can maintain physical distancing of two metres.
- Face covering/Masks – any person who enters a business, real estate showing, or other indoor area must wear a face mask/covering at all times.
- Screening – real estate brokerages must complete active screening of workers who enter their offices. OREA also strongly encourages active screening for all real estate showings.
- Cleaning/Disinfecting – equipment, washrooms and other common areas must be cleaned regularly and disinfected.
- Personal Protective Equipment (“PPE”) – PPE for eyes, nose and mouth for workers (i.e. receptionists) if they are required to come into come within two metres of a person who is not wearing a face covering or mask indoors and are not separated by a barrier.