Coronavirus Containment: The Board's Role

Co-Op, Condo & Real Estate Advisor

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PUBLISHED ON: March 25, 2020


With the coronavirus deemed pandemic by the World Health Organization, and govenment at all levels urging community mitigation strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19, coop, condo and HOA boards need to do their part to prevent transmission within their developments.

While it is incumbent on individual residents to take prudent measures within their units, such as self-isolating if they develop symptoms or learn that they have been in physical contact with someone else who has developed symptoms, boards are responsible for exercising due care in containing spread of the coronavirus from within common areas and from building staff, as well as for disseminating pertinent information so that residents can take protective measures of their own. Below we suggest protocols to help boards contain the spread of the coronavirus within their communities, along with possible adjustments to operating procedures to facilitate this objective.

Protocols for Containment

1. Compliance with Governmental Guidelines: The most crucial advice for boards is to comply

with governmental guidelines for addressing the coronavirus. Two agencies in particular have issued directives, namely the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. If buildings are directed by either of these agencies to take particular actions...