The HOA board, in consultation with the association manager, attorney, insurance provider, and other business partners, has been planning for contingencies that may arise in the community as a result of the spread of COVID-19.
Based on advice that has been circulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Riverside County Public Health Office, we have detailed some possible scenarios and our current plans to deal with them. These plans are subject to change based on CDC guidance and advice from our professional partners.
Common areas and amenities. The association has closed the pools, spas and other common facilities effective March 20, 2020.
Meetings and events. The CDC has recommended against any gatherings of 50 or more people through the middle of May. California’s stay-at-home order further bars any meetings outside of a single home, so the planned poolside bingo on April 11 is likely to be postponed or canceled. Any essential board meetings or committee meetings will be held by teleconference with appropriate notice to residents who wish to tune in.
Social distancing. Many experts also are urging people to practice “social distancing,” which is the idea of maintaining a roughly 6-foot distance between other people. It also means limiting nonessential travel, avoiding public transportation when possible, working from home, and skipping social gatherings.
Staffing. The community may experience temporary staff shortages if employees get sick or need to remain at home. Maintenance may be curtailed until staffing levels return to normal and the coronavirus pandemic is better controlled. Our pool contractor will be turning off the pool and spa heaters but we intend to maintain the pools and spas to prevent health problems.
If you get sick
Medical authorities are strongly urging all persons who exhibit symptoms to stay home and avoid public spaces unless you need medical care. You also should separate yourself from other people and pets in your home.
If you need to need to visit a doctor or get tested for COVID-19, develop a plan before you go:
– Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
– Wear a face mask if you are sick.
– Cover your coughs and sneezes.
– Clean your hands often.
– Avoid sharing household items, such as utensils, plates, glasses, and towels.
– Clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tables, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, phones, keyboards, and remotes.
If appropriate, the association may notify residents that an individual in the community has contracted the virus.The association will be prepared to reasonably accommodate an owner who is sick by postponing violation hearings, extending deadlines on architectural applications, or granting payment extensions if appropriate.
This association will not and does not make any of the decisions mentioned above lightly. These actions are being taken to ensure the health and welfare of the residents of this community. We pledge to keep residents informed of all relevant developments and how they affect association operations.
It is also incumbent upon residents to take this situation seriously and do their part to minimize the spread of this deadly disease. The association highly encourages you to review safety guidelines and look for updates from the CDC, the local health department, and the World Health Organization.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Stay safe and healthy.