Communities told to take strict measures in conronavirus fight

Cao Qian
Residential communities and office buildings in the city are urged to strengthen virus prevention precautions as residents return from the Spring Festival break and work resumes.
Cao Qian

Virus prevention measures should be strictly implemented at all residential communities and office buildings in Shanghai as more people return from the Spring Festival break and more employees get back to work, government officials said at a press conference on Wednesday.

Residential communities must have an exit-entry system which includes fewer entrance and exit points and body temperature checks for everyone entering the community, said Wang Zhen, deputy director of the city’s housing and urban-rural development commission.

Visitors should not be allowed unless under special circumstances, in which case they will be allowed if reported in advance to neighborhood committees by residents. Visitors will have to present valid identity documents and register their information.

Cleaning and disinfection measures should be carried out more frequently at residential communities, particularly in public areas such as corridors, elevators, the gatehouse and the garbage room.

Property management staff on duty should also have their temperatures checked and wear face masks.

At office buildings, property management companies, building owners or subdisticts must take responsibility for making sure virus prevention measures are fully carried out.

Cleaning and disinfection of public space should be strengthened, including corridors, lifts, restrooms and air-conditioning, while strict sterilization and virus prevention measures should be conducted at canteens and cafes inside the buildings.

Property management companies may also offer advice to corporate tenants on a case-by-case basis on drafting appropriate plans to encourage employees to commute outside rush hours and measures should be taken to avoid people gathering in office buildings. Personnel training, large-scale conferences or recruitment activities should be suspended.

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