The provincial mask policy will apply to all public indoor spaces, effective Friday, September 17, 2021. Therefore, all members and clients will be required to wear masks during showings and open houses. Proof of vaccination will begin October 1, 2021 and will apply to specific establishments, businesses and event venues.
New public health measures on mandatory masking (on indoor public spaces) and proof of vaccination can be found here.
As of Thursday, Saskatchewan had the highest case rates per capita over a seven-day period and the second-lowest vaccination rates among provinces. In the last three weeks, COVID-19 hospitalizations and ICU admissions have doubled in Saskatchewan and active cases have increased by two and a half times.
“Our system is on the brink right now. Literally no ICU beds in the entire province,” said Regina’s Dr. Alex Wong on Wednesday. – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/sask-covid-update-moe-1.6178096
At this time, Open Houses will continue to be permitted, with mandatory masking measures in place. Real Estate is a professional service and a proof of vaccination policy is not required.
The SRA continues to monitor the situation closely and will provide more information as it becomes available. These recommendations are subject to change as we follow the lead of the Saskatchewan Health Authority and Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Shahab.
SRA has compiled a list of recommended best practices based on the SHA guidelines, to facilitate safe and successful property showings below:
- Turn on all the lights and open all doors to prevent visitors from touching the switches and handles.
- Encourage sellers to provide hand sanitizer or a wash station with soap, water, paper towels and a dedicated garbage disposal.
- Instruct visitors to ask for assistance to open closets, cupboards, or anything else that requires touch – this will minimize who has contacted a surface in the home.
- Ask visitors to refrain from using washrooms.
- Allow only two people at a time to enter and view the property. Ideally, this should be limited to decision makers, but if there is a group, stick to two at a time.
- Request that sellers notify you if they become ill.
- Practice proper cough and sneezing etiquette (into a tissue or the bend of your elbow).
- Frequent hand washing & physical distancing are very effective ways in reducing transmission.
Read more on how to protect yourself and your community here.
SRA recognizes that many are struggling to cope during the pandemic, and we want to remind you that as a REALTOR®, you have access to Homewood Health, an employee assistance program that provides access to personalized health and wellness tools, resources, and support, when you want it – anywhere, anytime. Visit www.homeweb.ca to sign up.
Thank you for doing your part to limit the spread of COVID-19 in your communities.
The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) is offering self-testing through the Test to Protect program. With more contagious variants showing up in more areas across our province, having access to rapid testing can detect COVID-19 to protect individuals and stop the spread to others. Rapid Testing kits are available to REALTORS® here.