Recommendations and Resources for Condominiums March 25, 2020
The City of Miami Beach is urging all condominiums to take abundant precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Minimizing contact through social distancing is critical to achieve this. As such, the City of Miami Beach has issued a “Safer at Home” Emergency Order requiring all persons living in the city to remain in their homes to the maximum extent possible.

We anticipate that this measure will increase traffic throughout our condominiums citywide. The city is offering the following recommendations to help condominium and property managers curtail exposure to the COVID-19 in private residential properties:

  • Property managers and condominium associations should strongly consider CLOSING residential gyms if any of the following circumstances apply:
  1. If the building does not have sufficient dedicated resources, including maintenance/janitorial staff or cleaning supplies, to ensure the proper and thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all fitness equipment at least twice daily; and or
  2. If the building does not have a sufficient amount of individual disinfecting wipes to permit residents using the gym to individually wipe down and disinfect all fitness equipment they use, both before and after such use; and or
  3. If the building has a high proportion of residents in the building who are seniors, as such persons may be at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection if they were to use the fitness centers; and or
  4. If the building does not have the staffing capability to monitor gyms to ensure proper distance separation, and to limit gatherings of people within gyms to no more than ten people at any given time.

  • Maintain high-traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces clean and disinfected.

  • Place a stack of napkins by building entrance/exit doors, gates and elevators for residents to take and use to cover their hand while touching doorknobs, pressing buttons, etc.

  • Limit the number of people getting into each elevator car. Encourage residents to ride elevators only with their own party, wait for the next empty elevator car, or take the stairs.

  • Post educational material, particularly the following CDC public health guidelines in stairways and elevators for residents to read.

  • Take personal responsibility. If you are sick with a fever, cough or viral symptoms, please stay away from others, including the work environment and crowded areas.

  • Post contact information for the building’s internet service carrier, for reference in the event that a building or unit Wi-Fi connection is lost.

  • Communicate city, county, state and national orders/updates with all staff and all residents.

  • Keep a list of all elderly and/or disabled residents who may require periodic wellness checks.

  • Discourage unessential visitors.

  • Encourage that all residents follow the city’s mandated curfew hours, which is 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice.

Should you have any questions, please call our city hotline at 305.604.CITY (2489) , open from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. or email  MBCovid@miamibeachfl.gov .