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.
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
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.