After not being allowed for more than a year, in-person real estate open houses are set to resume this week as part of ‘Step 3’ of Ontario’s roadmap to re-open the province.
As of Friday, July 16th at 12:01am, indoor dining, indoor fitness activities, movie theatres, nightclubs and more can re-open for the first time in several months. However, the province will have capacity restrictions in place until August.
The Ontario government says that the province will be in Step 3 for at least 21 days and until 80 percent of Ontarians above the age of 12 have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 75 percent have received the second. Currently, 78 percent of Ontarians have taken the first dose and 50 percent have received the second dose.
Along with the above businesses being allowed to operate more like normal, in-person open houses will return as well. Several months ago, amid the first wave of the pandemic, the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) temporarily suspended in-person open houses. Then last summer, open houses temporarily resumed, only to be stopped in the fall.
Similar to dining inside a restaurant, Ontario’s Step 3 plan states that masks and social distance requirements will be in place during open-houses.