Gov. Lee Signs Executive Order No. 22

Real Estate Businesses Deemed "Essential"

 Association News, Coronavirus, Governmental Affairs, Membership

Published Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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On March 30, Gov. Bill Lee signed Executive Order No. 22, a statewide "Safer at Home" Order urging people to stay home and ordering the closure of businesses that cannot safely operate.

Real estate businesses—including title services and appraisals—are among the those listed as "essential" to the state's residents during this time. Executive Order No. 22 is available to read in full online. See Items 12 and 24 of the attachment to the Executive Order which lists essential businesses and services.

Local municipalities, including the City of Memphis, also issued Safer at Home Orders in March. As we reported to members, MAAR worked with local governments to ensure that real estate businesses are considered "essential" under those as well.

As REALTORS®, we have an opportunity, and a responsibility, to serve as leaders in our community. It is very important that we all comply with COVID-19 protocols and orders when conducting our business during this time.