EO-74 requires all Critical Businesses to develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (PP) by June 29, 2020. The PP must comply with the requirements in EO-74 as well as with industry guidance currently posted to the Stay Safe Minnesota website and any additional applicable industry guidance that will be posted to this web site on or before June 15, 2020.
For state licensed Critical Business, state agencies were directed by Governor Walz to develop guidance and template addendum plans that address unique risks and hazards of COVID-19 for their operations no later than June 15th.
We encourage you to begin preparing your PP as soon as possible and monitor the Stay Safe Minnesota website for posting of any real estate specific guidance. PREPAREDNESS PLAN CONTENT:
Each Plan must provide for the implementation of MN OSHA Standards and MDH and CDC Guidelines in their workplaces.
Each PP must, at a minimum, adequately address the following areas:
- Require work from home whenever possible. The PP must ensure that all workers who can work from home continue to do so.
- Ensure that sick workers stay home. The PP must establish policies and procedures, including health screenings, that prevent sick workers from entering the workplace.
- Social distancing. The PP must establish social distancing policies and procedures.
- Worker hygiene and source control. The PP must establish hygiene and source control policies for workers.
- Cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation protocols. The PP must establish cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation protocols for areas within the workplace.
At this time, you may want to review the provisions of DEED’s general guidance for all businesses to get a head start on your PP. Note however that this guidance is drafted toward non-critical sector businesses in the work setting. DEED and DLI are required to publish additional industry guidance for Critical Businesses no later than June 15th.
Facilitating real estate transactions is unique because you will also be a “customer-facing business” (i.e. businesses that have in-person customer interactions). This will likely require that you adopt additional PP provisions to keep the public and workers safe. You may want to review the applicable guidance for customer-facing businesses to determine what provisions apply to your business when offering showings or open houses. Minimally, this will likely require that you develop a PP including requirements to:
- Maintain social distancing of six feet, and impose occupancy limits
- Provide regimen for enhanced sanitizing, cleaning, and disinfecting consistent with OSHA, MDH, and CDC Guidelines for common areas
- Include signage in common areas to discourage congregating
A compliant PP must be adopted and implemented no later than June 29, 2020.
Although you do not have to submit your PP to any government entity for approval, you need to make it available upon request.
Minnesota Realtors® will provide updates as they are posted.