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Advice to protect strata communities from coronavirus

15 March 2020 Staff writer
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Body corporates play a role in the safety of their residents and need to be prepared for the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19), a strata company says.

To prepare for the possibility of an outbreak of the virus, one company has issued guidance to its body corporates for when it comes to meetings and other precautions recommended for living in strata buildings, Archers the Strata Professionals CEO Nicky Lonergan said.

“We have implemented a Business Continuity Policy – COVID-19, which includes preventative measures and details what our response in specific circumstances are in order to minimise potential threats of infection,” she said.

“These measures include ensuring all tables are wiped clean with disinfectant before and after body corporate meetings, and also care taken with tea and coffee-making facilities. Hand sanitiser is supplied in all boardroom offices and in the event our committees elect to hold their meeting via video and telephone conferencing, rather than in person, Archers has facilities to accommodate these virtual meetings.

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“We recommend the chairperson inquire, before the meeting, if anyone who will be attending has experienced any flu-like symptoms or travelled to an affected country within the last 14 days. If so, this person will be asked to attend the meeting via video or telephone conference.”

It is crucial strata communities take an active approach to prevention and is responsive to any outbreak that may occur while tending to the responsibility of bodies corporate, Ms Lonergan said.

“People are requested to observe strict personal hygiene with frequent handwashing with soap and to seek medical attention promptly if feeling unwell,” she said.

“It’s also recommended to maintain good indoor ventilation, avoid sharing food, cutlery, crockery, utensils and other personal hygiene items; and avoid physical contact such as shaking hands and avoid touching your face or rubbing your eyes.”

Communities with communal areas, such as barbecues and gyms, are high-risk areas for infections to spread, which is why some communities are implementing infection control cleaning, Ms Lonergan said.

The process is known as “outbreak cleaning” and focuses on preventing the spread of germs, such as common colds and the flu.

“While general cleaning is important for maintaining the basic hygiene and the physical cleanliness of a strata property by removing dirt, grime and dust, outbreak cleaning goes a step further by killing airborne pathogens, rendering mutations and germ spread impossible,” she said.

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