ST. PAUL — Realtors, almost by definition, live to sell, but the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors is making an unusual request: Cool it.

SPAAR, which is based in Maplewood, issued a public notice to its membership on Tuesday, March 24, asking Realtors not to host open houses in person. As of Monday, NorthstarMLS also suspended the listing of open houses through its database until further notice.

In a statement, SPAAR President Patrick Ruble said the association is joining Minnesota Realtors and Minneapolis Realtors in calling for a time-out for an indefinite period of time.

“Our highest priority has to be the health and well-being of Realtors, consumers and the larger community,” Ruble said.

If an agent still wants an in-person showing, Realtors are advised to drive separately, allow only one client into the property at a time, use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting, keep lights on to lessen the risk of touch, and keep doors open to pantries, cupboards and closets. They are also recommend that buyers tour the property online, with the agent acting as navigator.

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