Apartment COVID safety clarity

The state government has finally provided guidelines assisting residents and owners’ corporations (OCs) living in apartment towers limit the transmission of the coronavirus in multi dwelling buildings. 

The new guidelines follow two roundtable meetings conducted by the Department of Job, Precincts and Regions in July, which included Victoria Police, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Department of Justice, City of Melbourne, as well as resident groups and student and community leaders. 

While the guidelines provide a uniform model for how OCs should be approaching the management of coronavirus, they acknowledge that, “each property is unique and should develop a tailored plan based on the information contained in this guide”. 

The 14-page document, now available on the DHHS website, provides recommendations, actions and checklists on how to manage the likes of common property such as lifts and stairwells, visitors and deliveries, resident welfare and compliance. 

EastEnders resident group president Dr Stan Capp urged all residents to share the guidelines with their building managers and OCs for their “immediate attention”.  

The DHHS has also released a new directive against short-stay accommodation in July due to COVID-19. For more information, read We Live Here’s regular column on page 19 of this edition. 

For more on the roundtable discussions regarding new COVID-19 guidelines for apartment buildings, read Dr Janette Corcoran’s Skypad Living column on page 20. 

For more information dhhs.vic.gov.au

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