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COVID-19: Updates from RI REALTORS®

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Last updated: 5/26/20

Phase 2 News:
Governor Raimondo announced last Friday that in Phase 2, anyone coming into RI from a state where a stay-at-home order has been lifted, will not need to quarantine upon arriving in RI.
One-third of office personnel can return to the office, gatherings will be restricted to 15 people, indoor dining can resume in restaurants, up to 50% capacity, and personal services like hairdressing will be allowed to reopen with new restrictions and cleaning regiments. Gyms and outdoor activities will also be allowed to resume in Phase 2, which could begin as early as June 1st.  See more detailed information here.

RI REALTORS met with representatives from Commerce RI,  the RI Departments of Health and Business Regulations, and the Governor’s office earlier this week to discuss open house guidance. We discussed parameters of a future plan which accommodates the CDC’s COVID best practices and the Governor’s executive orders, i.e.: 1 Realtor inside the home and 1-2 outside; only 5 people including the Realtor, and homeowner if present, would be allowed inside the home; signs should be posted listing rules, for example, no touching anything inside, face masks required, Realtor disinfection/cleaning protocol between groups, etc. This diagram pictorially highlights the features of our discussion.  We were told that RIAR will receive written guidance the week of 5/25 which we will disseminate to the membership.  Reminder: State-Wide MLS does offer virtual tours and live-stream open houses – the safest way to show your listings during phase 1 of the reopening. Please stay tuned for definitive guidance from the State of Rhode Island coming next week.

Reminder: NAR’s Free Telehealth Coverage offer ends May 31.

A REALTOR Foundation:RI Matching Grant Fundraiser is ongoing through May 31 to help those affected by the coronavirus. If you are able, please consider making a donation to help those less fortunate. Learn more and donate here.

There will be no in-person meetings, events or classes held by RI REALTORS® until further notice. 

Information REALTORS® need to know:

This page and the links below will be continually updated as information becomes available.


Thank you for your patience during this challenging time. Please check this website often for updates. If you have further questions after reviewing this information, please email

For legal questions, please contact Monica Staaf – General Counsel at 401-432-6945 or

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Leann D'Ettore
Leann D'Ettore

Stay positive everyone! RIAR leadership and staff are all working hard to find solutions for every single hitch that threatens our ability to continue serving our clients during these unique circumstances. Please post you concerns here and we will do our best to work together to make the best of it and find the best solutions for everyone.

Jean Michael
Jean Michael

RI Governor is mandating that as of today 3/22/2020 No Open Houses are allowed. Why is saying differently such as it’s at the realtor and sellers discretion to do them limiting to ten people at a time?


Hi Jean, contrary to what you may have heard on the news, the Gov. requested that we ask members to stop holding open houses. Legally, if agents/owners can limit the open houses to less than 10 people at a time, they are allowed to hold them. However, RAIR does not recommend it. Please see here for more information:

Monica Staaf
Monica Staaf

Check out the new COVID-19 Addendum to Purchase and Sales Agreement under REALTOR® SPECIFIC INFORMATION on this page. Please contact me with any questions at I have worked with Rhode Island REALTORS® for nearly twenty years because I admire you for your entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and the care that you provide to your clients and customers. For those of you who are newer to real estate, please know that REALTORS®, over the years, have survived the banking crisis, 9/11, double digit interest rates, recessions, and many other challenges. We’re all working together – leadership, staff, and you – to… Read more »

Linda Elliot
Linda Elliot

Hi Monica, I applied for unemployment benefits this morning at
I received a notice today from my office manager stating that all licensed realtors had received a notice today to apply at
Do you know if realtors need to apply only to this site?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Linda Elliot
Coldwell Banker

Benjamin Newcomb
Benjamin Newcomb

This is exactly why we have to catch up to speed with the overwhelming majority of markets and move to online deeds, SUPRA or other lockboxes, and virtual closings! There is a huge opportunity here to get us up to speed with better technology, increased access/productivity-> it’s time we evolve in RI. I know we are a stubborn bunch, but the rewards are so clearly attainable.

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Now that the stay at home order is lifted and phase 1 of re-opening has begun, is the governor still urging agents to refrain from holding open houses?


Open house guidance remains as it has been. Until there is a change announced by the Governor, RI Realtors is still advising refraining from holding in-person open houses which could result in a situation where people are waiting in line outside to get in. We are hearing of some REALTORs who have been arranging back-to-back showings one day a week. We also have new tools on Matrix which offer live stream open houses and virtual tours. Hope this helps. Stay safe.