Social distancing in your block of flats


Social distancing is on the front page of a lot of news currently, and it is difficult. But what if you live in a block of flats, with communal areas?

Are communal areas safe?

According to The Telegraph, in London, 43% of us live in flats with communal gardens…or not gardens at all. Sharing communal spaces with other can make social distancing complicated, especially if you are at a serious risk to the virus. The current advice given by ARMA is to treat any communal areas like they are a social venue, cafes, clubs, bars etc. 

Using hand sanitiser or even taking anti-bacterial wipes with you could prove to be very beneficial, not just to you, but others. Wiping down communal doors and/or handrails is a very good place to start. If you need to use the lift in your block of flats, the advice is to do so alone or only with people that you share the flat with. If using the stairs instead, wait on the landing for someone else to pass you first. 

What if I have major works needed?

As detailed by ARMA, if major works are absolutely essential, for example, a leaking roof then they should most definitely go ahead. If it is non-essential, like to painting of a wall, then this should be postponed to a later time. Pest control is a different matter and workers here have been designated as key workers by the government. The worker, should they be a member of the British Pest Control Association, should have a letter proving this. 

How can I keep others around me safe?

Should you find yourself experiencing symptoms, you should follow the NHS advice – self-isolate for 7 days. If you live with someone in your flat who is experiencing symptoms, the the NHS advice is to self-isolate for 14 days from the day their symptoms started. Social distancing in a block of flats during this time can be extremely stressful, so be mindful when playing music, games or creating a lot of noise as everyone else is having to be at home too.

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