As businesses gradually start reopening and people begin emerging from their homes, a gray area is developing: how to re-engage with the world while remaining cautious in the absence of a vaccine or treatment for the novel coronavirus.
Much like other businesses, apartment communities are taking a phased approach to reopening offices, amenity spaces and other common areas. Here’s what to expect:
Amenity spaces will look different
In many apartment communities, spaces such as fitness centers, lounges, co-working spaces and bar areas have been closed for weeks based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health authorities.
Now, property managers are considering how they can reopen these spaces in a way that allows residents to enjoy and make use of the amenities while putting the health and well-being of residents first. Depending on the size and scale of the community, approaches will differ, but residents should prepare for revised hours, reservation requirements and additional signage with clear directions around use and social distancing protocols.
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