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6 Best Practices for Reopening Your Community Amenities

If you don’t know where to start, here are six best practices for opening your amenities back up.

The time has come to open your amenities...but how are you going to do it? It’s one of the many things you have to figure out right now, and it’s all-new territory. The way we handle the current situation will establish a new normal in the post-COVID-19 world. If you don’t know where to start, here are six best practices for opening your amenities back up.

1. Limit amenity occupancy

Amenities clearly can’t be filled to the capacities they once were, at least for some time. Consider lower occupancy limits for the wellbeing of your residents who visit the pool, fitness center, dog park, rooftop, or business center. Create new limits based on social distance measures of either 6 feet, 8 feet, or 10 feet apart. Use the size of your amenity spaces to determine these numbers. Check out our spreadsheet with recommendations for occupancy limits.

2. Reorganize the fitness center

In order to provide appropriate space for distancing in the fitness center, try rearranging the equipment. Consider continuing to offer group classes virtually. Use the open areas dedicated to those classes to host workout equipment so they can be spaced at healthy distances. If the center is too small to spread everything apart, rope off alternating pieces of equipment.

3. Remove furniture from common areas

Common areas can’t be as common as they once were. Shared spaces mean shared germs. The seating and furniture in common areas and pools encourage visits of close proximity and staying longer than necessary. Remove furniture in these areas to encourage social distancing and reduce surfaces to come in contact with.

4. Create a cleaning plan

Create a plan for how and when all common areas will be cleaned. You’ll want to increase the frequency in places like fitness centers and any other highly touched areas. Consider putting time blocks on the fitness center during cleaning times so no residents can register for a workout while it’s being cleaned. Install hand sanitizer dispensers at entrances for residents to use before touching door handles and equipment.

5. Install sneeze guards  

Set up sneeze guards where it’s appropriate to protect employees. Sneeze guards are useful at desks where residents or prospects have any face-to-face interaction with employees.

6. Stagger in-office hours

Think about structuring work hours so there aren’t too many employees in the same office at once. Social distancing measures are just as important between employees as they are from resident to employee.

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