SMART WAYS TO REMAIN COVID-FREE INSIDE YOUR CONDO
Living in a condominium with shared facilities and tight spaces amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge to unit owners. The shared spaces such as lobbies and elevators simply cannot be closed or restricted. This reality has been one that many condo residents have had to struggle with in the past few months. This is contrast to those living in single-detached homes where if someone tests positive for coronavirus, it is easier to isolate them. With the necessary use of elevators and walkways, social distancing becomes more complicated in buildings with a lot of residents.
To address this uncommon situation, health officials recommend at least two-meter distance from one another. If such is possible, it would be recommended to do one’s best to take the elevator alone. In other cases, there can also be attempts to limit the use of walkways and elevators by for example, using technology to shop for food or goods online. The same principle would apply for communicating with friends and family.
With that said, here are some quick tips on how to practice social distancing in condos that you can partake in and/or have your property manager enforce:
- When a meeting is required, conduct online video meetings with tools such as Zoom or Google Hangout.
- Shut down all common areas such as gym, pools and function rooms
- Take elevators either in small groups or alone.
- Call property managers or admin office instead of speaking with them in person.
- Shop online for goods and groceries.
Clearly, the coronavirus has changed the way we are living. Many of these changes may become permanent. We at HBI sincerely hope you remain safe and hope this soon passes.