As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to create panic and chaos in communities across the nation, many property managers and residents are left wondering what to do. Considering the speed at which the virus is spreading, property managers and owners need to have a plan in place should cases present themselves in your neighborhood.
Create a Disaster Plan:
As part of a property’s preparedness for instances such as the Coronavirus, it’s vital to have a site-specific disaster plan.This plan should include what your team should do in case of labor shortages, delays in delivery, as well as partial or full site shutdowns. Additionally, it should contain an outline of responsibilities for contractors and other parties working around your community.
Best Practices In Action:
- Post signs around your building to encourage residents to be vigilant about keeping their homes disinfected and to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.
- Send frequent email reminders to your community about the precautions they should take during the outbreak such as avoiding people who are sneezing or coughing, washing their hands for at least 20 seconds, and avoiding touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Be proactive when it comes to sharing information: what you plan to do, or what you might do (i.e.closing a common area or postponing an event).
- Take the steps necessary to limit the possibility of transmission: cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic surfaces like front-door handles and elevator buttons, as well as common rooms, like gyms and laundry rooms every hour.
- Consider adding hand-sanitizer stations that contain at least 70% alcohol around your community.
- Ask your residents to consider alerting the superintendent or property manager at your building if they feel sick, particularly if they may have used any of the building’s common areas, like the gym or club house.
Encourage Social Distancing:
Given that the incubation period of the coronavirus is currently understood to be between two and fourteen days, it’s best to encourage your residents to remain at home when they can. Especially with additional reports saying that the virus can be transmitted to others even before an infected person displays symptoms. That said, while you may still have the inclination to throw community events and hold large gatherings, we strongly recommend that you practice social distancing instead. And while many will still question if the gym is a safe spot, John Whyte, MD, MPH, the chief medical officer at WebMD states that the gym, like other public places, is safe as long as you take precautions, such as wiping down equipment with sanitizer before and after use, bringing your own towel to use, and taking a shower immediately after working out.
Power For Life Fitness is committed to keeping our lines of communication open for any questions or concerns you may have during this period of uncertainty.