Prime Minister has called a nationwide lockdown for 21 days in India and many
more countries are adhering to a similar strategy. By the end of this home quarantine,
it appears our lives and its understanding would greatly evolve.
SME (Small and medium enterprise) offices are one such high-density community gathering area where the traditional style of managing office without a property management firm is not advisable anymore. A professional property management team is focused and dedicated to maintaining the safety of building users, employees and owners. Some of the covid19 safety practices are as follows,
Long term: Frequent deep sanitization of Common Amenity Spaces: Regular disinfecting, splitting usage times to reduce crowding, introducing extra sanitation measures are going to be part of standard norms in the near future. Routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example, tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc) with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during the use of the product.
Monitoring Air Conditioning Systems: Although the government has made no connection between air conditioning systems (cooling & heating) and the spread of coronavirus, the ASHRAE has put out a list of guidelines on the maintenance and cleaning of ventilation systems in response to the crisis.
Immediate: Minimizing Walk-Ins: Food and package couriers are collected at gate and kept in sanitized courier area, owner of the dispatch or assigned individual can come and collect the package after using disinfectant hard surface and hands. Office complex visitors are made to sanitize hands, shoes and made to wait and do the meeting in frequently sanitized meeting areas only. Office tenants and employees are facilitated and reminded of frequent sanitization along with maintaining 3 feet distance. Online rent payments, raising queries over the portal is promoted.
Immediate: Sanitised Walk-Ins: This practice shall continue for a long time even when covid19 effect declines until a vaccine is found that can put this highly contagious disease to a stop.
A professional property management firm is already learning and adapting to the new challenge of running a safe and healthy office place, in the end, humans are a resilient race and will only learn and adapt from this challenge.