"Because open houses are public, with unpredictable attendance, it is difficult to ensure they comply with Alberta Health recommendations.”

The Alberta Real Estate Association is prohibiting its members from hosting open houses to protect public safety in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

“Realtors have social responsibilities to their clients and the greater community,” said AREA Chair Kristie Kruger. “This unprecedented health pandemic has forced all Albertans to make significant changes. Because open houses are public, with unpredictable attendance, it is difficult to ensure they comply with Alberta Health recommendations.”

AREA said it is encouraging  its members and their clients to use the digital technology available, such as virtual tours, video-conferencing and digital contract signatures, to practice safe social distancing. The ban on open houses will end when public health advisories are lifted.

 

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