How are Condos Tackling COVID 19 Pandemic
How are Condos Tackling COVID 19 to Help Ensure Safety for All
Condominiums corporations and their staff play a critical role in stopping the spread of COVID-19 within any condo building. However, this is no mean task and is quite challenging with so many condo residents sharing the common spaces.
Here are a few of the safety measures that condominiums across Mississauga may have implemented to protect their residents & staff.
Limiting the number of people in elevators:
Elevators are the biggest breeding ground for the virus in a condo building as people have to be close to each other in a very small area. To reduce exposure and spread of the virus, buildings have limited the number of passengers that can be in the elevator at one time. This is usually two to four people. It means long wait times, but is essential for the well-being of all. Many residents themselves also wear protective masks for their safety.
Amenity spaces are closed:
Other high-traffic areas such as gyms, libraries, party rooms, theatres, saunas, swimming pools, and terraces have been closed. This has been done to prevent crowding and to encourage residents to stay in their own condo suites. This is in line with all the public facilities that have been closed everywhere.
Ramped up cleaning procedures:
Staff has ramped up their efforts to clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as elevator buttons, door handles and intercom buttons. This is a very important measure as residents can contract the virus by touching a contaminated surface and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. Many buildings have also installed hand sanitizer dispensers in the lobbies.
Reduced access to units:
Some buildings have postponed non-essential repairs and inspections. Units will only be accessed by emergency service personnel, such as first responders and firefighters.
Improved protections for staff:
Staff members are being supplied with proper protective gear such as gloves and masks. Barriers may be set up to ensure residents keep a safe distance from staff, especially when picking up packages.
Effective & enhanced communication:
Many buildings have increased their communication to ensure residents are fully informed of the new protocols. Some condos have even set up online groups where residents can volunteer to get groceries or supplies for those in the building who are ill, immuno compromised, elderly, or quarantined.
Is Condo Buying or Selling Still Happening?
Yes, buying and selling is still happening during COVID 19. However, both the Condominium Corporations and the Realtors are working hard to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone.