Times Colonist

Masks re­quired in com­mon ar­eas of strata build­ings

- TONY GIOVENTU Condo Smarts British Columbia

Dear Tony: How can a strata cor­po­ra­tion man­age its com­mon fa­cil­i­ties, given re­cent re­stric­tions and in­creased risks of COVID-19 trans­mis­sion? Our strata is a high rise in the Okana­gan with a num­ber of Airbnbs that are still be­ing used, and has sev­eral com­mon ar­eas, such as a gym, li­brary and in­door pool.

Do the new health or­ders ap­ply to strata cor­po­ra­tions for com­mon ar­eas and gath­er­ings as well as pub­lic spa­ces?

We have sev­eral own­ers who are re­fus­ing to wear masks and con­tin­u­ing to host din­ners and par­ties that are a se­ri­ous con­cern to our re­tired res­i­dents. Will the or­ders ap­ply to strata cor­po­ra­tions and multi-fam­ily build­ings in the same man­ner as pub­lic spa­ces?

J.C.R. Masks are re­quired in com­mon ar­eas in apart­ment build­ings and con­dos. Also, all strata cor­po­ra­tions that share com­mon prop­erty ac­cess and fa­cil­i­ties or en­gage the ser­vices of em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors must pro­vide the pro­tec­tion and fa­cil­i­ties re­quired un­der WorkSafe B.C. for site safety.

Un­til Dec. 7 at mid­night, so­cial gath­er­ings of any size are pro­hib­ited in Bri­tish Columbia and masks are re­quired in all in­door pub­lic set­tings. Th­ese new health or­ders will im­pact the ad­min­is­tra­tion and op­er­a­tions of your strata cor­po­ra­tion if you op­er­ate any com­mer­cial en­ter­prises, are a shared-use fa­cil­ity with com­mer­cial space or an Air Space Par­cel shared space.

If you have com­mon/pub­lic ar­eas in the build­ings, such as hall­ways, ex­er­cise rooms, pools, meet­ing rooms, mail rooms, foy­ers, garbage rooms or other in­te­rior fa­cil­i­ties, masks are manda­tory and es­sen­tial in re­duc­ing the risk of trans­mis­sion, which is higher in en­closed spa­ces.

Res­i­dents, guests, ser­vice providers and em­ploy­ees, emer­gency re­spon­ders and de­liv­ery per­sons will all use your com­mon ar­eas for ac­cess.

Main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing wher­ever pos­si­ble, limit the num­ber of peo­ple in el­e­va­tors to two peo­ple or one fam­ily, in­stall san­i­ti­za­tion sta­tions, post sig­nage re­quir­ing that masks be worn in com­mon ar­eas at all times, and en­cour­age hand wash­ing and all other health safety mea­sures for all res­i­dents.

Ad­vise all res­i­dents and vis­i­tors of their iso­la­tion re­quire­ments if they have trav­elled out­side of Canada, have come in con­tact with a per­son that has tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 or has any of the symp­toms.

If you have sched­uled an in-per­son gen­eral meet­ing or coun­cil meet­ing, resched­ule your meet­ings to a later date or con­vert your meet­ing to an elec­tronic lo­ca­tion, and en­sure all own­ers have been given proper no­tice and the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend the meet­ing or sub­mit a proxy rep­re­sent­ing their in­ter­ests.

CHOA has pro­vided a num­ber of oper­a­tional guides for elec­tronic meet­ings and emer­gency or­ders.

Go to choa.bc.ca and se­lect COVID-19 up­dates.

Tony Gioventu is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Con­do­minium Home Own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

COVID-19 no­tice: As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure to pre­vent the spread of COVID-19, CHOA staff are work­ing re­motely and our of­fices are tem­po­rar­ily closed. We un­der­stand th­ese are chal­leng­ing times for strata cor­po­ra­tions and we are here to help. Even though CHOA ad­vi­sors are work­ing re­motely, we are only a phone call or email away and able to as­sist you with host­ing meet­ings and no­tice prepa­ra­tion.

Tues­day Lunch & Learn Live with CHOA: CHOA is host­ing a se­ries of we­bi­nars once a week, for the next few months. Join us each Tues­day as we bring to­gether in­dus­try ex­perts to dis­cuss the many is­sues af­fect­ing B.C.’s strata com­mu­nity.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit our web­site at: choa.bc.ca/sem­i­nars.

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Un­til Dec. 7 at mid­night, so­cial gath­er­ings of any size are pro­hib­ited in Bri­tish Columbia and masks are re­quired in all in­door pub­lic set­tings.

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