State Indoor Re-Closure Does Not Impact Real Estate

Published Tuesday, July 14, 2020
You can continue to operate your business provided you have implemented the proper COVID-19 precautions.
On Monday, July 13th, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the immediate closure of select indoor industries in all California counties, and additional indoor closures in 30 counties including Marin County.
The impacted industries are:
  • Indoor dining at restaurants
  • Wineries and tasting rooms
  • Movie theaters
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Zoos and museums
  • Card rooms
  • Bars (including both indoor and outdoor operations of bars, brewpubs, breweries and pubs).
  • Indoor gyms and fitness centers
  • Indoor worship services
  • Indoor office space for noncritical sectors
  • Indoor personal care services
  • Indoor hair salons and barbershops
  • Indoor malls.
C.A.R.'s interpretation is that real estate offices are currently NOT among the impacted industries. This means that you can keep your real estate office open (if you have chosen to reopen your physical office) and continue to conduct in-person showings and meetings so long as all proper social distancing, sanitization and safety protocols are followed.
REALTORS® must still follow the State Guidance and Marin County Guidance which establish rules for showing by appointment or digital sign-in, the required use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and includes rigorous cleaning between showings. Masks or face coverings are required to be worn by all parties during in-person showings or meetings.
Please note that in-person open houses are currently NOT allowed and should not be advertised in any form.
If you have questions about the closure order or your brokerage's COVID-19 policies, please ask your broker. You can also call the C.A.R. Legal Hotline with COVID-19-related questions at 213.739.8282.

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