All REALTORS® and affiliates that will be operating as an Essential Business during Shelter-in-place needs to prepare a “Social Distancing Protocol” for each property in Santa Clara County that will be listed or have any projects completed at it. It is not required that the protocol is posted on each property, but it is encouraged. All listing agents and service professionals entering the property should keep a completed Social Distancing Protocol on their person.

Remember: You may not host an open house. All showings should be done virtually if at all possible.

If a private showing must occur:

  • Only a single REALTOR® and a maximum of two others from the same household can be in the house at any time. The occupants of residence must not be present before any private showing can occur.
  • Please download a copy of the Social Distancing Protocol form by clicking the button below.
  • A copy of this form should also be provided to each employee performing work at the facility.  All Essential Businesses shall implement the Social Distancing Protocol and provide evidence of its implementation to any authority enforcing this Order upon demand.


C.A.R.’s Best Practice Guidelines are a good benchmark to practice safe real estate transactions. However, it is important to remember that the County Ordinance is stricter in certain areas and takes precedence. You can view a copy of the full Ordinance on the County’s website.

This video gives an overview of the form as it pertains to REALTORS®: