September 6, 2021
On September 6, 2021, the New York State Department of Health designated COVID-19 a “highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health”. Pursuant to the NYS HERO Act enacted May 5, 2021, this designation requires all employers to activate their Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plans for all worksites. DGSIR activated its Plan promptly on September 7, 2021, as described in an email to the Company that day. A copy of the Plan was attached to the September 7 email, and another copy can be found below. Copies of the Plan are also posted and available in all of DGSIR’s offices.
The DOH has not issued any specific guidelines for the real estate industry, which means that we are to operate under the “minimum standards” section of the general Plan which we adopted and distributed. As of today, NYSAR has posted its guidance for real estate professionals. Please read the FAQ’s on the following NYSAR COVID-19 Resources link for guidance in the safe showing of homes. Frequently Asked Questions – NY HERO Act | The New York State Association of REALTORS® (nysar.com)
According to NYSAR, “where specific guidance is not provided, NYSAR offers the narrowest possible interpretation so as not to expose members to potential liability, as well as preventing the spread of COVID-19”.
We have updated our COVID-19 Disclosure and COVID-19 Health and Safety Screening Questionnaire to comply with NYSAR’s guidance, and they have been submitted to Instanet (which may take a few days to post). Copies of those documents are attached below for your reference and use until they appear on Instanet. Please note – at this time, these documents are not mandated by law, but their use is encouraged and they are there for agents’ use, especially when homeowners require them to be used in showing their homes.
As always, please reach out with any questions, and remain safe and well.
Carol A. Dunning
Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
36 Main Street
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
631.423.1180 – main
631.366.8004 – direct