A circular from the Urban and Redevelopment Authority (URA) to property developers stated that the maximum capacity for project show galleries and the showflats within, will be based on a distance of 16 sqm per person, instead of the existing 10 sqm per person.
The maximum number of persons in each group viewing the sales gallery will be reduced from the existing five to just two, including visitor, sales person or the developer’s staff.
URA encouraged developers to implement the revised SMM as soon as possible rather than wait for the new measures to come into effect. TraceTogether-only SafeEntry are required to be implemented at sales galleries by 17 May 2021. Scanning of barcodes on ID cards will still be accepted till 31 May 2021.
The Council for Estate Agencies (CEA) also issued a statement on how agents should conduct property viewings from 16 May 2021 to 13 June 2021:
- to limit their overall number of social gatherings to not more than two per day, whether to another household, or meeting with friends and family members in a public place.
- no more than two distinct persons a day may visit a property inhabited by a household when you conduct estate agency work. The two distinct persons include you and any other person who is visiting the property.
- to defer all door-to-door marketing activities, including flyer distribution to households and business premises, until further notice.
- to use information technology (IT) tools such as video or virtual conferencing platforms, in place of group or mass activities.