8 Key Actions for COVID-19 Prevention in TownshipsSeptember 16, 2020 | Megaworld Manila
What are some ways to prevent COVID-19 in townships?
- Do temperature checks
- Close common areas
- Regularly disinfect high touch surfaces
- Place alcohol-based hand sanitizers or washing stations
- Have signage and floor markings to encourage social distancing
- Enforce wearing face masks
- Consider adjusting delivery protocols
- Protect your staff
Due to the ongoing pandemic and continuous increase in infected cases, many residential property owners are wondering about COVID prevention in townships.
Townships are large-scale residential developments that are strategically situated to be near workplaces, retail establishments, and educational institutions.
As hundreds of people come together in townships, community living presents its own challenges. Township owners must be more vigilant than ever to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
We’ve rounded up some of the key actions to prevent COVID-19 in townships. Keep everyone safe amidst the pandemic. Read on!
Do Temperature Checks
The symptoms of COVID-19 include coughing, runny nose, sore throat, shortness of breath, fatigue, and fever. With that being said, township owners must take precautionary measures and screen everyone that enters the property.
Equip security staff with contactless thermometers and let residents, visitors, and employees undergo temperature checks. If it so happens that there are scanned individuals with fever and/or respiratory problems, direct them to seek immediate medical care.
Moreover, do not allow them to enter the property. Instead, isolate them to avoid any threats of infection.
Close Common Areas
We already have the knowledge that the coronavirus is transmitted through respiratory droplets that come from coughing and sneezing. To prevent close contact between residents, close all common areas.
Visiting these areas is unsafe during the pandemic. According to health experts, the more closely an individual interacts with other people and the longer the interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 infection.
Closing all common areas is a key action in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Avoid unnecessary contact of residents with others and keep them safe.
Regularly Disinfect High Touch Surfaces
“High touch” surfaces are those that are frequently used by people throughout the day. In a residential property setting, this includes doorknobs, lobby desks, handrails, mailboxes, elevator buttons, public restrooms, and public laundry rooms.
As the coronavirus can stay on surfaces for hours, it would be wise to disinfect high touch surfaces regularly. Keeping the township COVID-19-free doesn’t just mean wiping these surfaces, but thoroughly disinfecting everything using the right products.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using products that are EPA-registered to effectively kill microbes on surfaces.
Place Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers or Washing Stations
As there is no vaccine created for the new strain of coronavirus yet, proper handwashing is the fighting chance for people to protect themselves.
Make handwashing stations ready for everyone’s use. If soap and water are not available, townships should place alcohol-based hand sanitizers in easily accessible areas as well.
Have Signage and Floor Markings to Encourage Social Distancing
As a township owner, it is your priority to keep residents safe. Encourage them to maintain social distancing of at least 2 meters. Post social distancing notices up on walls to remind residents.
People often forget to practice social distancing, especially when they are in high-traffic areas. In a township setting, this can be avoided by placing floor markings such as signs and tape. Mark the aisles and pathways so that residents don’t bump into each other.
Enforce Wearing Face Masks
While the health officials monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, residents have a crucial role to prevent the spread of the virus. The regulations for wearing appropriate face masks in local groceries and markets also apply to townships.
In times when people can’t maintain social distancing, wearing a face mask serves as personal protection from infection. With that being said, enforce residents to always wear their masks.
Consider Adjusting Delivery Protocols
As residents are opting to stay indoors, they are more inclined to order all kinds of products. From fast food orders to everyday items, having all these deliveries brought to the owner’s unit doors will increase the risk of infection.
Consider adjusting delivery protocols by letting owners pick up their deliveries at the front doors.
Protect Your Staff
Townships have personnel that caters to residents such as security staff, repairmen, cleaners, and lobby staff.
Protect them and equip them with gloves, masks, and face shields. Reduce their working hours and if possible, close the non-essential offices. Implement the necessary protective measures by placing Plexiglas shields between personnel stations.
Keep your staff safe and encourage them to take medical leave if they feel unwell as well.
When it comes to COVID prevention in townships, there are some necessary measures to follow.
As the country combats the pandemic, townships and residents must do their part to protect the health of everyone. At Megaworld Manila, you can rest assured that we will always prioritize your safety. Click here to contact us today for any inquiries!