Since restrictions were introduced for COVID-19, we’ve been receiving questions from strata managers and residents about whether committees should be closing pools, gyms, public showers or saunas. We draw your attention to the fact that the situation has changed regularly, and restrictions differ in each state. This most recent response has been provided by Chris Irons, Hynes Legal in July 2020.
Question: In our apartment building, with the lifting of restrictions our pools and gym are now open, but the showers and sauna remain closed. Why is this?
I live in a strata Building in Southport, QLD. We have three high rise buildings with all amenities such as two pools, gym, saunas, spas and showers including toilets.
I don’t understand, why our gyms, spa’s and pools are open, but all showers and saunas are closed? It doesn’t make any sense. Why would this be the case ?
Answer: If the closures are COVID-related, in some circumstances a body corporate may have no choice in whether a facility is shut.
What do the committee or general meeting minutes say about closures? That’s the first place to start. If there are no minutes or you don’t get them, that’s a separate issue – needless to say, that shouldn’t be happening.
More to the point, you say it makes no sense and you want help understanding, but have you actually asked the question of your committee, onsite manager or body corporate manager at all? Again, if you’ve not done any of these things, that’s a good place to start.
If the closures are apparently COVID-related, then you should be having a look at the directives issued by the Chief Health Officer for possible guidance. In some circumstances, a body corporate may have no choice in whether a facility is shut.
While I appreciate you have queries, you need to take responsibility to discover information – and answers – about your building for yourself. There are ample ways to do that, as I’ve highlighted above.
This post appears in Strata News #377.
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