29 May 2020
BE READY TO OPEN YOUR DORS: YOUR REQUIRED POLICY
The new regulations relating to Level 3 arrangements have been published. Note that these new regulations do not repeal the 29 April 2020 regulations and these must therefore be read together to get the full picture.
As from 1 June 2020, the entire country will move into Alert Level 3 except for a few excluded industries and sectors (see here).
In addition, the COVID-19 METRO AND DISTRICT HOTSPOTS were identified.
With regards to the real estate industry, it is finally now allowed to return to their offices and to start working actively. (The requirement remains that only the minimum necessary staff should go to the office.) Except for the estate agency requiring the CIPC Certificate, no other permits are required by agents for general travel from the home to the office, or from the office to a client’s property as long as such travel does not cross provinces, metropolitan areas, districts and hotspots in which case a travel permit will be required to be issued by the head of the estate agency.
All Occupational Health and Safety provisions remain in force similarly to the ones during Lockdown Level 5 and Alert Level 4. The main obligations of estate agencies, estate agents and any agency employees in the performance of their real estate duties and contact with clients are:
- That a COVID-19 Policy document, setting out the procedures and exposure assessment processes, must be implemented before agency operations commence.
- That all required Personal Protection Equipment must be acquired and used which still includes the face mask and gloves in certain instances;
- That agent and client screening assessments must be implemented throughout the course of Alert Level 3 operations and this may include the need to have questionnaires completed and/or temperatures taken;
- That the need to observe the required distance between persons is still required as well as washing and sanitizing hands regularly.
Access the Regulations can be viewed here: