As COVID-19 accelerates disruptions for condominiums and homeowners associations, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has released, “Status Check: A Reopening Guide for Community Associations,” to aid and support communities navigating the closure and reopening of pools, gyms, playgrounds, and other common areas, amenities, and business operations.
According to CAI, as states began to lift stay-at-home orders, community associations have been challenged with questions surrounding how and whether to reopen facilities, and how to effectively phase in business operations. The common areas, amenities, and operations guidelines are organized by risk level or reopening phase, which are unique to each state, county, or city. In general, the high-risk category would apply to the shutdown and stay-at-home phase, moderate-risk to reopening phase one, low-risk to phase two, and normal to phase three.
The new guide is a timely resource available for homeowners, community managers, and business partners online as part of CAI’s interactive Coronavirus Resource Page and offers each individual community the opportunity to modify templates that fit the needs specific that community. Other resources include:
- A sample letter template to update residents about common areas and amenities
- Common area signage templates
- Guidelines for community association common areas, amenities, and operations
“This is the best, most comprehensive guide for community associations today,” says Thomas M. Skiba, CAE, CAI’s chief executive officer. “As the leading authority in community association education, governance, and management, we believe it’s essential to develop solutions that directly help our members and community association stakeholders challenged by COVID-19. CAI has a long-standing reputation for offering world-class education, tools, and resources and we know our communities need answers to these questions and others that will likely continue as the pandemic surges in communities throughout the U.S.”
For more information about the impact of COVID-19 and community associations, visit CAI’s Coronavirus Resources page.