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Real Estate and 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Written on March 24th, 2020

On Tuesday, March 23rd, 2020, Premier Doug Ford announced Ontario Closing At-Risk Workplaces to Protect Health and Safety. However, Real Estate is deemed to be an essential service so land registration services and real estate agent services will continue. I’ve included links below to the full announcement and the list of essential services plus statements and information provided by Halton Region, the Ontario Government and the World Health Organization.

Construction Deemed Essential

Interesting that Construction is also deemed to be an essential service. These types of construction are permitted:

  1. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space
  2. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance
  3. Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors
  4. Construction work and services that supports health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects

This means that construction projects, like Bronte Village Apartments in Bronte, Oakville will continue. It also means that construction of individual homes will also continue. Importantly, the Ontario government reminds businesses to put in place protocols for on-site sanitation, physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public.

See the links below for very helpful and up-to-date information relating to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus outbreak and what the Ministry of Health is doing to keep Ontarians safe. Find out how to protect yourself and how to recognize symptoms.

Links for more information

Please visit halton.ca/COVID19 for statements, updates, current confirmed cases and steps to take for people with severe symptoms.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Keeping Everyone Safe in Ontario
https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/03/ontario-closing-at-risk-workplaces-to-protect-health-and-safety.html

Essential Workplaces in Ontario
https://www.ontario.ca/page/list-essential-workplaces?_ga=2.221787102.791297160.1585005775-1770377152.1585005775

World Health Organization (WHO) Advice for Public
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public