May 25th was an exciting day for all of us as Premier John Horgan, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced details of BC’s four-phase restart plan. After more than a year of uncertainty and concern about the health and well-being of ourselves and our loved ones, brighter days are ahead.
Still, as we look forward to the easing of restrictions, we must remember that our behavior over the coming weeks will determine whether the milestones laid out in BC’s Restart Plan will be met. As Dr. Henry said, it will be data and not dates that determine what restrictions are eased and when.
According to the Restart Plan, consultation with sector associations on easing restrictions will not begin until June 15. New sector-specific guidelines are currently not anticipated before July 1. BCREA will be working with member boards, government partners, the Real Estate Council of BC, the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate and WorkSafeBC to inform the new guidelines and ensure you are supported in adapting your practice to these coming changes.
In the meantime, public health orders regarding the number of people who can attend showings remain in place and REALTORS® should continue to follow the guidelines for Safer Showings During the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as the guidance set out in the COVID-19 Safe Practices Checklist for Managing Brokers.
On behalf of BCREA’s staff and board of directors, I want to acknowledge all BC Realtors for their outstanding efforts and resilience in adapting their practice to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We are proud to serve the profession and look forward to the days when we can help bring Realtors together again in person, whether through BCREA courses offered by member boards or events like Banff Western Connection and Government Liaison Days.
Until then, keep being kind, being calm and being safe – and, if you’re able, get vaccinated.
Darlene K. Hyde
Chief Executive Officer
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