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MAR Extends Class & Event Cancellation Through May 10  Tags: COVID-19

***Following CDC guidance on 3/15/20, MAR will extend its Board decision to cancel all in-person classes, meetings and events through May 10, 2020.*** 

Due to recent developments surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its spread, MAR is cancelling all in-person classes, meetings and events through May 10. The Board took the action as a proactive measure to protect the health of its members and staff. MAR is continually monitoring the situation and will keep members updated on the latest developments.

This decision also impacts the 2020 Realtor® Summit, which was scheduled on April 29 and is now cancelled.

Registrants of the cancelled classes and events will automatically receive a refund. Refunds typically appear within 10 business days on your bank statement.

We encourage you to utilize the online courses we offer through The CE Shop at this link.

As of now, all of MAR’s classes and events after May 10 are going on as planned, but we will continue to review that decision as the coronavirus situation evolves.

What is coronavirus?

The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus outbreak. While the outbreak started in Wuhan, China, a growing number of cases have been identified in several other countries, including the United States.

What is the risk of exposure?

The CDC reports that most people in the United States do not have an immediate risk of exposure to the virus. However, the situation is rapidly evolving, and the CDC will update its risk assessment as needed. Visit theCDC’s website at this link for the latest updates.

What can you do to reduce your risk?

The same preventative measures recommended to prevent influenza are also effective in reducing the risk of contracting or spreading coronavirus.  These measures include:

  • Staying home if you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or any other cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

Frequently Asked Questions

What classes and events are affected by this decision?
All of MAR’s in-person classes, meetings and events scheduled through May 10 are cancelled.

Will the Realtor® Summit be postponed to later this year?
No, an event of this size is not feasible to reschedule with such short notice. However, we do have our Housing Symposium scheduled to occur during the MN Realtors convention September 16, 2020 which will have a CE component.

Why was this decision made?
MAR’s Board of Directors took the action as a proactive measure to protect the health of its members and staff.

Will I get a refund?
Yes. Registrants of the cancelled classes and events will automatically receive a refund. No action is required.

How will I know I got a refund?
Refunds typically appear within 10 business days on your bank statement.

Where else can I get CE?
We encourage you to utilize the online courses we offer through The CE Shop at this link.

Will you offer classes after May 10?
We will provide an update as soon as we know the plans for future classes. For now, we plan to hold classes after this suspension period.

If I register for future classes and events and they are cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, will I get a refund?
Yes. Registrants of the cancelled classes will automatically receive a refund. No action is required.

If I change my mind and no longer want to attend a class or event due to coronavirus concerns, can I get a refund?
Yes. If you want a refund, please call the MAR office at 952-933-9020.

Is the office still open?
Yes. MAR is committed to serving its members and respectfully asks members to not visit the office if:

  • they are ill,
  • believe they may have been exposed to the coronavirus, or
  • they have visited the countries where the CDC has issued travel warnings.

NAR has put together a guide for REALTORS® for use in their day-to-day business, including how to approach open houses, driving clients to showings and other workplace precautions. You can access the REALTORS® guide about coronavirus here.