Title: COVID-19 Update – July 15, 2020
As the national, not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing education and professionalism in the real estate industry, the Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC) continues to monitor the impacts of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a serious health threat, and the situation is evolving daily. The risk varies between and within communities, but given the number of cases in Canada, the risk to Canadians is considered high.
The federal government, provinces, and territories continue to reassess the public health risk based on the best available evidence as the situation evolves. Some provinces are lifting lockdown measures and cautiously reopening businesses. However, the reality is that there can be an increase in the number of cases as seen in Quebec, with cases mostly now in the general population as opposed to in long-term care homes, as previously seen.
The province of Ontario is gradually reopening businesses, services, and public spaces on a regional basis as progress is made in the fight against COVID-19. The framework for re-opening Ontario details how the province will gradually open up the province. On Friday, July 17, parts of Ontario will move into Stage 3 of the province’s reopening plan with significant health measures in place. The greater Toronto area, the City of Hamilton, Niagara Region, Lambton, and Windsor are not included on the list. More time is needed to assess the readiness of these jurisdictions.
While re-opening of indoor public places is becoming a reality, public health measures must remain in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. One of those measures is the use of masks or face coverings. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends wearing a non-medical mask or face covering in public places, especially when physical distancing isn't possible to do consistently. Many jurisdictions across Ontario and other parts of Canada have enacted By-Laws making the use of masks or face coverings mandatory. Quebec is making the use of mask mandatory in indoor public places across the province starting Saturday, July 18. It might only be a matter of time before other provinces and territories follow suite.
Following the implementation of the City of Toronto By-Law 541-2020 in early July, the REIC has developed a Protocol for the use of masks or face coverings in the workplace. The REIC national office remains closed, and there will be no face-to-face meeting until further notice. All REIC courses continue will be offered via Real Time Remote and/or home study until further notice. This protocol is intended to protect those who may have to go into the REIC office to work on projects that cannot be completed remotely.
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