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Summit County Declares Real Estate Services as an Essential Business with Conditions

Posted by Negar Chevre on Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at 12:23pm.

The Summit County Health Department (SCHD) has approved Real Estate Related Services as an essential business in Summit County with the following conditions:

1. No open houses will be held while Public Health Order 2020-03 and the “Stay at Home” order is active 

2. Realtors, clients, or other related real estate services are to travel in separate vehicles to any real estate related service or transaction 

3. Real estate transactions should be conducted electronically whenever possible. In person transaction should be limited to property showings or activities that cannot otherwise be accomplished electronically. When in person meetings are necessary, such as showing a home, social distancing shall be observed. 

4. Real estate offices shall be closed to the general public. Staff are allowed to work from the place of business, but must practice social distancing and comply with CDC recommendations for handwashing, hand sanitizer, and disinfection of workplaces. 

Additionally, as proposed in the appeal, the approval is conditional upon compliance with the following items:

  •   In working with clients REALTORS® will take every precaution by providing handsanitizer, or soap and water for clients when meeting with them.

  •   When doing a walk-through of a property, REALTORS® will encourage social distancing as well as no touching of items in the property such as doorknobs, light switches, bathrooms, kitchen appliances, etc.

  •   The number of people in a residence being shown to a buyer will always be limited to potential buyer/buyer’s family and buyer’s agent.

  •   Prior to meeting in person with any potential client, REALTORS® will ask clients prior to meeting if they have: (i) tested positive for COVID-19; (ii) had any in-person contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19; or (iii) had any symptoms of COVID-19. If any of these questions are answered in the affirmative, the REALTOR® will not meet with the client.

  •   Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  •   Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  •   Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick.

  •   Stay home if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other cold or flu-like symptom.

  •   Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    These conditions shall apply to future Public Health Orders where Essential Businesses are subject to directions provided in the order.


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