With COVID-19 cases on the rise, REALTORS® are committed to adhering to the province’s latest physical distancing requirements and conducting as much of their business as possible in a virtual environment.

This includes using different technology to showcase homes, assess neighbourhood amenities, and handle paperwork with clients electronically. When in-person client meetings are necessary, Realtors will aim to hold them outdoors or in a location with a detailed COVID safety plan.

Realtors are also following WorkSafeBC’s detailed safety protocols for the real estate sector. These protocols focus on the need to document consent, enforce all public health protocols, use contact tracing processes and employ enhanced cleaning and hygiene practices

"Safety remains the top priority for the real estate profession. When looking to buy or sell a home today, we ask that you remain patient because your Realtor will need to follow different safety measures throughout the process."
Colette Gerber, REBGV Chair

The COVID-19 pandemic remains a fluid situation. On October 26, BC’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry made a new order that limits the number of guests one household can have at one time to six. This is in addition to the people who live in that household.

This order limits gatherings in private homes to no more than your immediate household, plus your safe six," Henry said. This is going to be a challenge more for some people than others, but this is something we need to do together as a community so we can get through the coming respiratory season.

Along with the other real estate boards in BC, REBGV continues to engage the Real Estate Council of BC, WorkSafeBC and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer to assess how changing public health orders, guidance, and recommendations could affect the practice of real estate.