Mortgage and lending services have been declared "necessary services" by the federal powers that be, therefore signing agents are protected from "stay home" mandates. (Someone has to keep the real estate engine moving along or the nation will end up in another 2007 situation.)
We use gloves always, masks when determined necessary by the notary.
We call the morning of each signing (in addition to our initial confirmation call) and ask if there is illness present in the household.
We request that the signing take place on a porch, a covered deck, or even in a garage with the door open - any outside area under cover, for improved ventilation.
We explain that we will need a full table for the signing, that the signers will sit on one side and the notary on the other; that no one will sit next to the notary; that docs will be slid across the table and there will be no contact.
We pass out brand new pens and leave them.
After a thumbprint, we hand over an antiseptic wipe for the borrowers' use.
To limit exposure of our journals, we complete all entries prior to arrival, leaving the borrowers to provide only signature and thumbprint.
We enclose all signed documents in a classification folder, so that we are not handling exposed paper.
We keep our gloves on through scanbacks and packaging.
It's grim out there right now, but I worked damned hard to build this business and I am not going to give it up without a fight.