Keeping everyone safe during the closing process is vital amid growing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19). Among the developments is a new recommended best practice from the National Notary Association (NNA) that both Notaries and signers/borrowers complete a disclosure prior to each individual signing. The disclosures, which will have questions about recent travel and if there’s been contact with any people diagnosed with the coronavirus, should be completed if requested.
The NNA encourages signing agents to reach out to contracting parties for specific directions and be sure to follow any new procedures they prescribe. Notaries should expect enhanced precautions from contracting parties for as long as the COVID-19 crisis remains a threat to health and safety.
The NNA also has provided this guidance to Notaries and signing agents:
- Decline an assignment if you feel the environment would put you at risk in any way.
- If you are sick, decline the assignment for the safety of signers and borrowers and notify the contracting party that hired you.
- Keep hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes with you at all times and use them frequently.
- You have the right to leave a signing location if you see any warning signs after arriving on site.
- If you leave an assignment without completing the signing, notify the title company, signing service or other hiring body immediately and explain why.
- Instead of handshakes, you are encouraged to use other respectful forms of greeting, like putting your hand over your heart and bowing your head.
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Source: ALTA Blog