This guidance pertains to multi-unit dwellings such as apartment and condominium complexes.
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Residents and managers (including condominium corporations, landlords, and other property managers) both have an important role to play in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Role of Individual Residents
- Follow public health orders on gathering sizes. Effective Thursday, November 19th, the size of private indoor gatherings is reduced to five people (in homes and buildings on private property such as garages and sheds). Two-metres physical distancing should be observed when people from outside the household are present. Indoor public gatherings and outdoor gatherings may have a maximum of 30 people where there is enough space to maintain two metres between individuals who are not in the same household.
- Maintain physical distancing of at least two metres between individuals.
- Avoid crowded elevators to maintain physical distancing. Wait for an empty one if you can.
- Avoid using the mailroom or laundry room at the same time as other residents to maintain physical distancing.
- Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth).
- Use appropriate respiratory etiquette. Cough or sneeze into your arm or use a tissue and immediately wash your hands.
- Stay home if you are ill or have any respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.
- Self-isolate for 14 days if you have travelled outside Canada (including the U.S.), have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been identified by a Medical Health Officer as a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Detailed information on mandatory isolation.
Roles of Building Managers
- Suspend all non-urgent inspections and repair work, if possible.
- Frequently (at least twice a day) clean and disinfect common areas, particularly high touch surfaces such as phones, elevator panels and buttons, light switches, indoor and outdoor hand railings, mailboxes, door knobs and handles, recycling and garbage chute handles and laundry machines.
- Place hand sanitizer in high-traffic areas.
- Amenities including gyms, pools, saunas, steam rooms, outdoor playgrounds and recreation rooms should be operated in a manner consistent with the guidelines contained in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan.
- Assess elevators for size and the number of people that can fit inside, and post the number of allowable occupants inside and outside the elevator.
- Encourage residents to have limited use of public areas and take additional precautions in shared spaces (e.g. lobbies, hallways, mailrooms, laundry rooms).
- Common washrooms must be cleaned with appropriate disinfectants.
- Conduct board meetings via alternate means such as teleconference, video conference, etc.
- Viewing homes for sale or for rent may be done virtually. If done in person, ensure that touching of current occupant space is limited.
- Be aware that while physical distancing should be encouraged, limiting access to the building could be detrimental to some residents, particularly those vulnerable residents who may depend on outside assistance.