COVID-19 Prevention 101: Things That Condo Management Should Be Doing to Fight the Coronavirus
It has been a full year since news of the coronavirus pandemic first broke, and while many countries have started to adapt, there are still many of us who are still left scrambling and struggling.
The world behaves differently in a pandemic. Inevitably, lives have significantly been affected and altered, and as a result, the phrases “the new normal,” “current normal,” “better normal” had been coined.
However, what do the new normal and the like entail? What does it mean for people? More importantly, what implications does it have on businesses such as condominiums and other properties?
Today, more than ever, employees, tenants, and clients’ health and safety are paramount. That said, ensuring health protocols and COVID guidelines are adequately met should be the foremost priorities of any condo and property management.
Whether you live in a house and lot in Pampanga or a condo in Bulacan, you must do what you can to work proactively in fighting the virus and protecting yourself. In this endeavor, you must assess what your condo or property management is doing to meet the health standards set by the COVID-19 guidelines.
While many territories in this pandemic remain unchartered, and a lot is still unknown, there are still several actions property managers can take to mitigate the risk amid this disruption.
How condos should manage the coronavirus pandemic
Below are just some of the actions your property or condo management can take to protect its tenants and fight the coronavirus:
1) Develop a detailed plan
By now, your condo management should already have a detailed response plan. If you do not, this is their opportunity to create one that is specific and actionable. The plan should be realistic that it can be enacted at the building where you reside.
Plans can include everything from identifying the best sanitation practices regarding a specific disease to what precautions they can take to limit its spread.
More importantly, it would be of great help if the condo management designates a task force that would include an individual from the necessary discipline such as property management, risk management, communications, and the like.
With a task force at their disposal, the decision-making process would not only be speedier, but it would be more effective as well.
2) Implement proper hygiene and cleaning practices
It is already given that clean spaces are an attractive facet of communal buildings. Similarly, property managers have the key function of ensuring that areas are clean.
However, public health crises such as this would constrain them to reinforce and supplement their existing cleaning policies. That said, enforcing sanitation routines and proper hygiene practices are paramount.
Your property or condo management should emphasize the importance of proper hygiene practices such as the correct way of washing hands.
Likewise, they should reinforce the importance of sanitizing hard surfaces such as tables, light switches, phones, doorknobs, or any object that sees heavy interaction from tenants.
An excellent way to convey the importance of hygiene and sanitation is to post signs in common areas reminding them of these practices.
3) Communicate regularly
We may have been living with a pandemic for more than a year now, but the virulence of the coronavirus along with many of its other aspects remain unpredictable. At this point, there is still an immense amount of uncertainty about the virus.
Your property or condo management can allay your fears and anxiety to provide you with enough information through consistent updates.
Similarly, your management should train their employees to communicate effectively with tenants to mitigate the dissemination of false or wrong information.
Your management should furnish their staff with information that would assist them in identifying symptoms of the disease. They should also inform you and keep you up to date with any of the information authorities provide.
It would also greatly help if the management keeps you up to speed about the precautions taken and implemented by the management to help prevent the spread of the virus.
4) Stay Informed
In these uncertain times, your property or condo management’s best tool in fighting the coronavirus is staying informed. Your management should be aware of what organizations are available and what tools are at their disposal to avoid duplicating any work.
That said, they must designate someone in their task force to monitor news updates from the government consistently.
Similarly, they should also know by now which tools are needed for prevention and circulate the information gathered to tenants as needed.
Monitoring the news is also essential as if there is any reported activity or infection in your area, your management can make adjustments in their planning.
5) Do not panic
Your property or condo management should keep a level head on them and keep everything in perspective. There is no doubt that the coronavirus is a threat to our health, but if your management gives in to their fear, they would not be able to develop effective solutions.
If anything, their panic may lead to impulsive and reckless decisions that may even exacerbate the situation. Keep in mind that your property managers are pretty much your first line of defense when it comes to dealing with these issues. They act on your behalf and should be able to advise others with a clear and level head.
That said, they should always remain calm and reinforce their policies firmly and authoritatively.
It should go without saying that clean and healthy buildings play a pivotal role in creating a healthy world. To supplement the everyday precautions that tenants take, it is imperative that the building industry and their managers also create safe environments.
The pandemic had taken a significant toll on each one of us. It has severely impacted economies, strained healthcare systems, disrupted supply chains, canceled events, and closed down workplaces and schools.
Considering all these, we must do our part to ensure that the negative impact is as minimal as possible. Taking measures to create a healthy environment is instrumental to both preventing illness and preventing productivity loss.
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