Real Estate Still an Essential Service
The Ontario government has announced a province-wide shutdown, which will begin December 26, 2020. The shutdown will be in effect for the entire province until at least January 9th, 2021. and until January 23, 2021 for southern Ontario, including Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). This essentially brings the rest of the province into similar lock down rules we’ve been dealing with in most parts of the GTA.
Open Houses and Showings by Appointment
Under the shutdown, in-person open houses are prohibited, but showings by appointment continue to be permitted.
Restrictions under the province-wide shutdown include, but are not limited to the following:
- Restricting indoor, organized public events and social gatherings, except with members of the same household (the people you live with). Individuals who live alone may consider having exclusive close contact with one other household.
- Prohibiting in-person shopping in most retail settings – curbside pickup and delivery can continue. Discount and big box retailers selling groceries will be limited to 25 per cent capacity for in-store shopping. Supermarkets, grocery stores and similar stores that primarily sell food, as well as pharmacies, will continue to operate at 50 per cent capacity for in-store shopping.
- Restricting indoor access to shopping malls – patrons may only go to a designated indoor pickup area (by appointment only), essential retail stores that are permitted to be open (e.g., pharmacy, grocery store), or, subject to physical distancing and face covering requirements, to the food court for takeout purchases. Shopping malls may also establish outdoor designated pickup areas.
- Prohibiting indoor and outdoor dining – restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments will be permitted to operate by take out, drive-through, and delivery only.
For complete details on the province-wide shutdown, click here for the government’s summary document.