COVID-19: Vulnerable Populations in Condominium Communities

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On Wednesday, the World Health Organization declared the eruption of COVID-19 as a pandemic, which can have serious health consequences and be fatal for the elderly and individuals with underlying medical conditions. 

The Government of Canada has advised that certain individuals are at a greater risk of getting or spreading COVID-19, and that said individuals include:

Condominium communities in Ontario are comprised of a large number of individuals who are over the age of 65 and as such, every individual who forms part of a condominium community in Ontario (i.e. all owners, residents, employees, contractors, Board members and property management staff) must take proactive action in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within their community.

Posted Notices

Condominium corporations can help limit the spread of COVID-19 and help prevent the vulnerable individuals within their community from getting or spreading COVID-19 by posting notices that provide clear instructions about hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes, which are:

Increased Cleaning and Sanitation

In addition to posting the notices described in further detail above, condominium corporations can also help limit the spread of COVID-19 by:

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Annual General Meetings

If a condominium corporation is planning on holding an annual general meeting in the coming weeks, the condominium corporation can also help limit the spread of COVID-19 at said meeting by:

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"Buddy" System

Condominium corporations may also want to consider putting a list together of potentially vulnerable individuals within their community and implementing a “buddy system” for said individuals with their consent.

By taking the preventative measures discussed in greater detail above, condominium corporations can limit the spread of COVID-19 within their communities and as such, reduce the threat that same poses to the members of their community whose health is particularly at risk.