Preparing for COVID-19
19th March 2020
Unless you have been living in a cave the last month, it is difficult to ignore Coronavirus (COVID- 19) and the effects that it will have on us all in both our personal and working lives.
As a Commercial Property Manager, it is obvious that in the short term the next couple months are going to provide challenges to both Landlords and Tenants in the wake of this pandemic.
While it is certainly too early to establish the deeper and more long term impact, we can all do our bit as professionals by remaining calm, not panicking and following guidelines and legislation set by the Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO), to try and limit the spread and the impact to us as individuals and businesses.
We all need to practice good health habits, and plan for home-based actions. Remind everyone in your household and your place of work of the importance of practicing everyday preventative actions that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol;
- Avoid touching your face;
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care;
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of it in a bin; and
- Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g. tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles, phones) using a regular household detergent and water.
As a preventative measure, NG have been in contact with all of our contractors who provide cleaning services to properties where there are common parts, and directed them to ensure particular attention is being made to clean areas that are regularly touched; door handles, lift buttons, intercoms etc. We have also made sure that a good stock of soap and paper hand towels are available in washrooms. We do, however, require the assistance of tenants to ensure that they are following the above guidelines within their demises, and also ensuring used paper towels are put in bins after use, and to communicate with us at the earliest possible time if soap is running low.
We will continue to monitor the situation and the guidelines set by the Government and WHO and will put in place any suggested preventative measures where possible.
This is certainly unchartered territory, but for now all we can do is follow the guidelines and take a sensible and practical approach. Limit any non-essential face to face meetings. We live in age of technology, that enables us to reasonably do this.
Communication and working together is paramount!