This article provides information about the Apartment Living & COVID-19 Best Practice Guidelines for Building Managers, Strata Committees and Residents that have been developed by Strata Community Association.
In response to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis, Strata Community Association has developed a series of Best Practice Guidelines for Building Managers, Strata Committees and Residents.
Both the Apartment Living & COVID-19 Best Practice Guideline for Strata Committees and for Residents includes the following information:
“As your community moves to lockdown, your building will be at capacity and will include all age groups. Everyone will be home for some weeks and quite possibly feeling under pressure with the uncertainty of the current circumstances. During this time, all residents should be encouraged to be tolerant, considerate and kind to each other. A common courtesy that may be tested during these potentially challenging times.
This guideline for building managers provides information about developing a Pandemic Plan. The detailed information goes into Risk Area, Risk Control and Action for main responsibilities for a Building Manager, such as the building’s gym, pool, BBQ and community areas, garbage shutes and air conditioning units.
Advice on Lift Access includes increasing the current cleaning schedule and exercising social distancing while using and waiting for lifts.
The Guideline can be accessed here: Apartment Living & COVID-19 Best Practice Guideline: Building Managers
This guideline for apartment residents provides information about Business Continuity and Pandemic Planning, including what to do about Committee meetings. It also provides practical guidelines around whether residents are required to disclose to the Strata Community if they are self quarantined or infected plus, what the committee should do if they are advised that someone is self-isolating or has contracted the infection.
The guideline also includes Risk Area, Risk Control and Action for the main responsibilities for the Strata Committee, such as meetings, door handles, common area toilets and showers.
Advice on handling Contractors includes maintaining social distancing while contractors are on site, as well as minimising the potential risk of coming into contact with the virus.
The Guideline can be accessed here: Apartment Living & COVID-19 Best Practice Guideline: Committee Members
This guideline for strata committees provides information about Apartment Living and COVID-19, including Social Distancing and Self-Isolation or Quarantining. It also provides practical guidelines around whether residents are required to disclose to the Strata Community if they are self quarantined, infected or required to self isolate.
In order to build understanding about the strata committee’s responsibilities in this time, the guide also lists the types of policies the strata committee may create in order to deal with the Coronavirus crisis in strata. Policies around things like parcel delivery, visitors and visitor parking, meetings and communications.
Another area touched upon for residents of apartments during this trying time, is how to handle pets especially if residents are self-isolating. What to do about dog poop and pet anxiety.
The Guideline can be accessed here: Apartment Living & COVID-19 Best Practice Guideline: Residents
Each Guideline includes a Government Information – Useful Links page listing Coronavirus Information for each state.
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This post appears in Strata News #333.