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What are the restrictions for auctions and open homes this weekend?

If you plan on going to an open home or an auction in Greater Sydney this weekend you can expect them to look a little different than usual in a bid to tackle the city’s evolving COVID situation.

While there have been stay-at-home orders issued for the City of Sydney, Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra local government areas specifically, other areas of Greater Sydney will still have to comply with restrictions such as social distancing and the wearing of masks.

Providing there are no major changes to the restrictions that have already been set out, in person property inspections and auctions can take place over the next 7 days under the one person per 4sqm density rule. Keep in mind that children count towards the capacity limit. 

Masks will also be mandatory at all inspections, as they are currently required to be worn indoors in all non-residential settings. 

Agents will be required to have COVID safe measures in place including the availability of hand sanitizer and record keeping. 

Attendees at property inspections and auctions should also remember to practise social distancing, keep up good hand hygiene and not attend if they are experiencing any COVID symptoms. 

It’s also important to note that the stay-at-home orders issued for parts of inner-city Sydney apply to those that live or work in those areas, so there may be a lot of people unable to attend open homes and property auctions across the broader Greater Sydney region this weekend. 

For this reason there is a chance that some agents will decide to postpone auctions or hold them online so that those who have been in those inner-city areas can still take part. 

Many of us are now used to the evolving restrictions brought on by COVID outbreaks, but if you have any questions or concerns about attending an open home or auction this weekend then it’s best to get in contact with the listing agent of the property in question. 

For the most current information about restrictions across Greater Sydney it is also worth visiting www.nsw.gov.au/rules/greater-sydney

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