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Containing the risk of COVID-19 in Condominium Buildings

19.01.21 10:13 AM By MCL

Acting Proactively

It is the legal and ethical responsibility of condo managers, alongside the condo board and corporations, to implement measures that ensure a decrease in the risk of the Coronavirus. The spread of this virus is across: condominiums, residents and employees. 

 

Living in a condominium complex means cohabiting and sharing common spaces with numerous people within the same building. Human interaction is clearly inevitable as residents are in constant contact with one another, as they share common areas and facilities with each other. They can be in close proximity to one another in places such as: elevators, hallways, lobbies, laundry rooms, foyers, gyms and the list goes on. In this kind of environment simply masking up and keeping a safe distance from each other isn't nearly enough, to avoid the spread of this virus.

 

Some solutions for condominium managers on how to try to deal with this complex situation are listed below. Hope this list will be of guidance to help you out.

DEVELOP A FLEXIBLE SICK LEAVE POLICY 

It is unhealthy to continue to rely on past leave practices despite everything that has happened in the past year. Employees should be urged to notify their supervisors and stay home if they are sick or with a fever for more than 24 hours. Make these new policies clear to employees so that they are aware, informed, and safe. 

CLEAN, STERILIZE AND DISINFECT 

Shared areas such as: exercise rooms, laundry facilities, public bathrooms, elevators, and frequently touched surfaces must be disinfected frequently. 

SET PRIORITIES 

Although you cannot restrict residents to their unit, what you can do is limit the presence of: non-essential guests, visitors, volunteers and others.

This means establishing a set of priorities for what is considered essential. Activities and programs such as: religious services, large birthday parties, exercise/workout rooms and more can be temporarily, discontinued, reduced, or better yet conducted virtually. 

EDUCATE RESIDENTS AND STAFF 

 Encourage social distancing by constantly educating staff and residents on the

 importance of these things.

 

  Staying at least 6 feet apart from one another

  Wearing masks in shared spaces

  Educate your staff on how to use virtual communications our Aquarius Software helps with this click here.

  Check in with residents to encourage them to limit their need for unsafe physical interactions

PROTECT YOUR STAFF 

The property managers must create plans that protect condominium staff from the spread of  Covid-19.

 

Here is a helpful list that can assist you with potentially reducing the spread.

 

   Face masks

   Sneeze guards

   Extra tables and chairs - for check-in staff (assists with interactions)

 

By putting in place these listed preventive measures, along with our Aquarius Front Desk Condo Management Software, you are helping ensure that they stay safer. 

CONSIDER OLDER OR SICK PATIENTS 

Although everyone is at risk of contracting the virus, older people and people with underlying health conditions tend to face a significantly higher risk of developing severe illness if they contract this virus. Consider these more at risk residents and help them to take on extra precautionary measures. Although everyone is at risk of contracting the virus, older people and people with underlying health conditions tend to face a significantly higher risk of developing severe illness if they contract this virus. Consider these more at risk residents and help them to take on extra precautionary measures. 

SHARE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION 

Share consistent information with condominium residents on how they can try to reduce their chances of getting Coronavirus.

 

Assist your residents in trying to reduce the spread of this virus by instructing them on these following things.

 

  How to live a healthy lifestyle during Coronavirus

  Make sure they get accurate Covid-19 materials including: videos, fact sheets and posters

  Give them a list of Coronavirus main symptoms

  How to mitigate the spread of germs

  How to wash your hands (specific to Coronavirus)

  What to do when you are sick

 

 

Since you can't possibly confine residents to their units alone, what can condominium managers and property managers do to control this situation?

 

One really easy solution that helps Property Managers and residents stay safer during this Pandemic would be to get our Aquarius Condo Management Front Desk Software.

To learn more about how it can help you and your residents click here, and or you can get a live zoom demo of it by clicking here.