May 29, 2020
On May 28, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a plan and timeline to safely reopen the City.
Relevant for our industry: In Phase 2c, with a target date of July 13, real estate open houses with appointments only will be permitted, following all state guidelines and social distancing protocols.
Please keep in mind that all dates within the Mayor's timeline are tentative. Progression to the next phase in the reopening depends on local public health indicators and state guidance. Additional local health or capacity restrictions may apply, and all allowed activities are subject to safety protocols and other measures.
You can read through the details of the phased reopening plan here:
Starting on Saturday, May 30 and until further notice, San Francisco public health officials require residents to wear face coverings any time they leave home and get within 30 feet of anyone not living in their household.
Businesses can turn away people not wearing face coverings.
Important: Even if San Francisco lifts restrictions on real estate activities, guidelines from the California Department of Public Health and CAL/OSHA continue to apply.
- Do not hold open houses or showings that are open to the general public or on a walk-in basis. Use an appointment or digital sign-in process to control the number of people at the house. Showings should be done virtually, whenever possible.
- Under the Prevention Plan, only one “buying party” may view the property in person at one time. The property shall only be shown to persons residing in the same household at one time (County orders May limit to 2 persons plus one REALTOR®)
- Between each showing/entry, the commonly used surfaces, like door and cabinet handles, counter tops, toilet and toilet handles, sinks/faucets, and light switches should be wiped down;
- An effort will be made to open doors, windows, and ventilation systems prior to each showing to introduce outside air to the property.
- All interior doors will be opened and lights turned before showings so as to minimize the need for touching.
- The showing agent will wipe down any item received from the seller, such as keys, after each use.
- All appointments will be scheduled with sufficient time in between to conduct the necessary cleaning.
- All entrants will be asked to wear face coverings, etc., (per County Orders - possibly including gloves, and shoe coverings) as required and if feasible and safe.
- Each person entering the property will either immediately wash their hands with soap and water at the sink closest to the property's entry, or use hand sanitizer.
- No flyers or paper will be handed out or left at the property for circulation to prospective buyers.