Do you live in a Boston high rise condo building?

Property managers and condo boards of Boston high rise condo buildings can and should take steps to limit the possibility of transmission of the coronavirus.

What can the condo board member’s and property managers do?

They should implement a policy of cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic surfaces like front-door handles and elevator buttons, mail rooms as well as common rooms. Boston high rise condo building should close of gyms and not allow guests in without protective masks.They can also station hand-sanitizer around the building, which could be particularly useful in common laundry rooms. They could also post signs encouraging residents to be vigilant about keeping their homes disinfected and to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze and to wash their hands frequently. Another step would be to end of day deep cleaning and disinfection of all common areas this can be done on Off-hours 12am – 4am.

I would also recommend limiting the amount of individuals into each elevator cab, perhaps no more than two per elevator lift. Also limit the number of individuals allowed in the lobby at one time.

Boston condo buildings and Additional Measures

Carolyn C. Cannuscio, a social epidemiologist and associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, recommended closing party rooms, creating laundry room shifts, and limiting elevator use.

I would encourage that the Concierge/Doormen require that delivery food workers sign in before entering buildings and request they either sanitize their hands or leave the food at the front desk for the residents to pick up. Limit the number of individuals entering a small space like an elevator cab.

All common area construction and private condo renovations should be halted.

The management team should be inquiring about their travel history and health history before allowing new residents from moving-in. 

Lastly, I would also recommend that boards update their communications plans to ensure buildings residents can immediately receive information and empower building staff to report to the board any resident or visitor they observe displaying flu-like symptoms.

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