The state of California now allows in-person showings of properties, including open houses, but there are indoor gathering capacity limits in the
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) gatherings guidance. (Check the Attendance section of the gatherings guidance for the capacity limits for each tier; Los Angeles is in the Yellow Tier, Riverside and San Bernardino counties are in Orange as of May 14.)
Limited capacity, hand sanitizer, face coverings and physical distancing are all part of the new rules governing open houses, effective immediately, according to the California Dept. of Public Health. California will keep existing mask guidance in place until June 15 when it aims to fully reopen the economy. After that, the state plans to allow fully-vaccinated Californians to go without a mask in most indoor settings. (Clients will still have the option to wear a mask if they choose.)
Click this link to see the state’s guidance on open houses: COVID-19.ca.gov website.
C.A.R.’s new guidance (coinciding with the state’s open house announcement):
Open Houses: Advertising open houses, without qualifiers, is allowed and appointments for open houses are no longer required.
Social Distancing: Showings, including open houses, are somewhat relaxed under the new social gatherings guidelines but still include social distancing between members of different households while attending an open house, and are subject to capacity issues depending on the tier of the county where the house is located. Please refer to local guidelines for this information.
Signing In: There will still be a sign-in requirement on site. The new Property Sign-In (PSI) form can be used for this purpose. However, you can still use a PEAD instead of the on-site sign in if you prefer. See the new Quick Guide for more details.
Forms: C.A.R. has simplified and shortened the Rules of Entry (PRE), Prevention Plan (BPPP), and the Property Sign in (PSI) form as an alternative to PEADS. There also is an addendum to the listing agreement LOHA reflecting the changed protocols. This form is necessary if the parties had previously signed the RLA-CAA, which did not allow for open houses. New listings should also include this addendum if the listing broker wants to hold open houses.
PEADS: The PEADS have been combined and simplified into one shorter PEAD-ALL form that is available if members prefer to use it instead of on-site sign-in protocols.