COVID-19: Message from The OTTAWA Real Estate Board. We are asking if you or your clients are experiencing any symptoms or if you or your clients have been out of the country in the past 2 weeks, that you do not enter the home. Please ensure your clients use hand sanitizer before entering and that they do not touch anything in the home.

Do I have to participate in showings?

No. As a registrant and business operator, you decide which services you are prepared to offer. You should make those decisions based on the most current guidance and direction of health authorities, which at present is to reduce or eliminate direct physical interaction that could promote transmission of the virus.

In-person meetings and showings should be limited to where they are absolutely necessary. Help your clients understand the importance of following current direction from health authorities and the risks that come with hosting or attending showings. If your client decides to allow showings of their property or to attend showings of other properties, you can decline to participate.

As always, you should discuss with your clients the services you are prepared to offer and ways to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus.

If you do decide to participate in a showing, actively promote social distancing and follow recommendations of health authorities about hand washing and sanitizing to reduce the risk for yourself, buyers and sellers.