Open House Ban Reinstated:REALTORS® open for business by appointment

Important: Open House Ban Reinstated; REALTORS® open for business by appointment.

The AREA Board of Directors, which met this morning, [Nov 25] welcomes the Alberta government guidance released yesterday evening under the state of a public health emergency.

The Alberta government mandated that professional services businesses, such as lawyers and accountants, be able to work by appointment only.

Therefore, we are reinstituting a ban on all in-person open houses for REALTORS® as professional service providers. Showings can continue with appointment only and limited to two family-unit members at a time.

Please continue to adhere to all best-practice safety protocols. And be mindful of any and all provincial guidelines and local ordinances.

Thank you to the many members who have reached out with their own thoughts and to the volunteers at the local Boards/Associations and staff at the Real Estate Council of Alberta for their input in recent weeks.

There has been no known COVID-19 transmission from open houses, but an abundance of caution is in the best interest of our members and their clients.

We will continue to evaluate the circumstances within the coming weeks based on government guidance.

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