A Message from the Office of Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health
The Commission reached out to the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Robert Strang, asking what advice they would convey to the real estate industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was recommended that licensees use the self-assessment tool, and review and comply with the following information:
- Social distancing, travelling in separate vehicles and not showing houses of those in self-isolation.
- Frequent hand hygiene. Real estate licensees and buyers will be going into homes where the risk may be unknown. It is extremely important for these individuals to touch as little as possible during the viewings and practice hand hygiene before entering and after leaving the premise.
- Practice cough etiquette (cough into your sleeve or a tissue and discard the tissue immediately)
- Social distance – maintain a 2 metre/6 foot distance between the real estate licensee and buyer/seller at all times
- Those in self-isolation cannot have their house shown to potential buyers as visitors are not allowed and they are not permitted to leave their home during their isolation period. If the real estate licensee themselves is in self-isolation they will not be able to conduct viewings. If the buyer is in self-isolation they are not able to leave their house and cannot view properties at this time. If the licensee or buyer are experiencing flu-like symptoms, they should not conduct business.
- Frequent environmental cleaning. If real estate licensees are required to have a face-to-face meeting, ensure frequent environmental cleaning is occurring (pay extra attention to high-tough surfaces like door handles, arms of chairs, pens, etc).
- For continually updated information, go to www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus for more information.