COVID-19 has dictated many aspects of our personal lives and changed our daily routines. Social distancing efforts are one of the best ways to help prevent the spread and flatten the curve. In apartment communities, it’s not always clear how to uphold the practice.
Here are some key ways to maintain social distancing protocols in your community.
Be Careful in Common Areas
Certain common areas can be hotspots for spreading viruses. If you plan to utilize the apartment community resources such as on-site laundry rooms, lobbies, and other high-traffic areas, be sure you’re wearing your mask.
Everyone should maintain a distance of six feet even when you’re doing activities outside such as walking your dog or checking the mail. While transmission of the virus is not as common in the outdoors, you should still socially distance. It is common courtesy to wear a mask whenever you enter public areas.
Limit Your Use of Apartment Facilities
If your apartment building has a communal laundry room, you should do your best to stay away from others while washing your clothes. Arrive when it is least likely to be crowded and return to your apartment when you begin your wash and dry cycles.
Scientists aren’t certain exactly how long coronavirus can live on a surface and remain infectious. The general consensus is that COVID-19 can live on metal for 5 days, wood for 4 days, and plastics for 2 to 3 days. It could stay in the air for a few hours.
If you are worried about coming in contact with the virus via commonly touches surfaces, you can bring your own approved face mask and disinfectants. Also, be sure to wash your hands before and after coming in contact with public items.
Communicate With Your Friends and Neighbors (From a Distance)
Social distancing has made everyone feel a little lonely. It’s only natural to want to get together with a group of friends. It can’t hurt, right? Well, it can. In fact, social gatherings, even if they are small, can cause multiple people to become infected. If you meet up with groups of people and don’t take the proper precautions such as wearing masks or meeting outside, you are increasing everyone’s risk of illness.
Many community events are being canceled or rescheduled, but that doesn’t mean you have to withdraw from everyone. You can still connect with your friends and neighbors safely from a distance.
You should also make it a habit to check in on your friends online. By keeping up with your neighbors and friends through video calls or social media.
This Is How to Socially Distance in Community Apartments
Social distancing should be everyone’s top priority to help flatten the curve and eliminate cases of COVID-19. To properly socially distance in community apartments, maintain a distance of six feet from others, limit your time in common areas, and interact with your neighbors online rather than in person.
If you have any questions about what we are doing to prevent the spread in our Fort Wayne, IN apartments, contact us here.