HIA – COVID-19 Restrictions Update

June 4, 2020

Update on COVID-19 Restrictions in Victoria 

The Victorian government has introduced changes to the COVID-19 travel and movement restrictions.

The updates have no significant impact on display home operations or building sites. However, new express restrictions on employers permitting employees to work in offices and travel to the office may impact some member’s business operations.

 

Display Homes

Display homes remain open as they are classed as an open retail facility and are not prohibited under the Restricted Activity Directions. The new Stay Safe Directions now allow people more freedom to leave home and leaving home for shopping and similar activities such as visiting display homes is only subject to complying with restrictions on gathering sizes and not breaching the Restricted Activity Directions.

HIA reminds members that the Restricted Activity Directions requires strict compliance with all social distancing and signage and cleaning requirements.

The new directions now allow for real estate inspections to have up to 20 people plus minimum number of people reasonably required to facilitate inspection (plus occupants of residence).

The operator of real estate open homes is required to keep records of names and a contact phone number of each client, to assist in contact tracing if required.  The requirement only applies if the visit exceeds 15 minutes in duration but it may be easier to keep these records for each visitor.  These records must be keep for 28 days.

An updated version of the HIA Guide for Display Homes will be available for members shortly.

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