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Frederick County Association of REALTORS®

478 Prospect Blvd. 

Frederick, MD 21701

301-663-0757   |   info@fcar.org

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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Information and Links

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Please read the following statement from Maryland REALTORS®:

Here is the latest guidance developed after consultation with the brokerage community and the administration.

 

We believe these guidelines strike the right balance between protecting the public and continuing to meet the urgent needs of consumers for our services, including those who need housing or to put properties on the market.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

FCAR Members,

The Frederick County Association of REALTORS is continually monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and will take measures as we feel are necessary for the health and wellbeing of the Association, our Members and our community. As of now, because of the small number of individuals involved, all committee meetings and classes through next week will be held as scheduled.

 

We will continue to monitor the situation in our area and may adjust scheduled events accordingly. Please refer to the FCAR website and the FCAR Facebook page and private group before attending any FCAR scheduled event for the near future.

 

FCAR asks that you use your own discretion and decide for yourself as to whether or not to attend a meeting or event. All absences in light of the current pandemic will be excused. If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to the FCAR office or any scheduled FCAR event and seek medical attention.

 

 

- Amanda Addington, 2020 FCAR President

Thursday, April 2, 2020

During this very unique and trying time, we ask that our members continue to abide by and fully comply with all Federal, State and Local laws, regulations and guidelines, especially with respect to conducting business in light of social distancing mandates.

 

With your full cooperation, we look to get through this most difficult time together and get back to business as usual as quickly as possible. Thank you.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

FCAR Members -

 

Please make sure you read the latest message posted by Maryland Realtors.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

In accordance with State Superintendent Dr. Karen B. Salmon's directive today, all Maryland public schools including Frederick County public schools will remain closed through Friday, April 24, 2020.

 

This is an additional four weeks beyond the original closure from March 16-27, 2020. The Maryland State Department of Education will continue to reassess the situation to determine when schools can re-open.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Here is an updated version of the announcement made yesterday with some adjustments made by Maryland REALTORS®. If you have questions, please contact FCAR at 301-663-0757 or by email at info@fcar.org.

Monday, March 23, 2020

The Governor of Maryland issued a new Emergency Order on March 23rd, directing all non-essential businesses to close to the general public as of 5:00 p.m. March 23rd, 2020.  The emergency order does NOT direct Maryland residents to shelter-in-place. Guidance from the Office of Legal Counsel also states: “employers are urged to promote work-from-home arrangements to the greatest extent possible.” 

Based upon Governor Hogan’s Amended and Restated Executive Order (click here), all state and local REALTOR® boards and associations should be closed to the general public as of 5:00 p.m. on March 23, 2020. 

 

All real estate brokerage offices and branch offices should be closed to the general public as of 5:00 p.m. on March 23, 2020. 

Monday, March 16, 2020

Friday, March 13, 2020

The Frederick County Association of REALTORS® is taking precautionary steps in response to the growing public health concern regarding the COVID-19 virus.

 

Effective immediately, Frederick County Association of REALTORS® classes and events have been postponed until further notice. Committee meetings will take place by conference calls, at the discretion of the Chair.  Notices will be sent out by committee chairs regarding all committee meetings. The President and AE will be assessing the situation on a weekly basis and keeping our members informed.

 

Governor Hogan announced this afternoon that he is extending all licenses for 30 days after the State of Emergency has been lifted. He has also banned an events/gathering of 250 people or more.

 

Effective Monday, March 16th, the Association office will be closed. The staff will work with members to best accommodate needs regarding SentriLock and retail purchases. Please call or e-mail the FCAR staff if you have a specific need. The office phone number is (301) 663-0757.

 

The Association’s first concern is for its members and staff. We request that members and staff seek medical attention if they are experiencing any symptoms or have potentially been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

 

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Hugh Gordon, Association Executive

Frederick County Association of REALTORS®

Friday, March 6, 2020

In response to the recent confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland and the State of Emergency declared by Governor Larry Hogan, FCAR is issuing the following Policy:

  • Volunteers or Employees who are feeling sick should remain at home.

    • Persons who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to the office or attend events until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).

    • Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.

    • Companies that provide FCAR with contract work or temporary employees who are feeling sick should stay home and encourage their employer to develop non-punitive leave policies.

    • A healthcare provider’s note is not required for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.

    • Employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day will be sent home immediately.

    • Sick employees should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).

 

  • FCAR will perform routine environmental cleaning.

    • Employees and volunteers shall routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas will be provided. Follow the directions on the label.

    • No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended at this time.

 

  • Before traveling, employees and volunteers should take the following steps.

    • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found on the CDC website.

    • Volunteers and employees shall check themselves for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick.

    • Employees who become sick while traveling should notify their supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.

    • If outside the United States, sick employees or volunteers should follow their company’s policy for obtaining medical care or contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist them with finding an appropriate healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help locate healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, and resources to evacuate or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.

 

  • Additional Measures in Response to Currently Occurring Sporadic Importations of the COVID-19.

    • Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.

    • If an employee or volunteer is confirmed to have COVID-19, FCAR shall inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.