If your co-op hasn’t created a COVID-19 safety plan, here are some key things to keep in mind as you work on a plan to keep your members safe and meet your obligations to public health authorities.
- Be sure to monitor your local health authority website for updates on COVID-19. You can find these at the BC Centre for Disease Control website. Be sure to review any current public health orders as well.
- Promote prevention practices by providing handwashing/sanitizer stations throughout the co-op and post information highlighting safe behaviour, safe etiquette standards and guidance for visitors. Feel free to use the posters on this page – see link called “posters” in the right-hand sidebar.
- Follow safe-distancing guidelines for common areas of the co-op by limiting gatherings to small groups only and establish rules for use of busy areas like mailboxes and laundry room, with posted procedures to help limit contact.
To get help with creating rules for use of these areas and more details on good guidance for COVID-19 safety take a look at BC Housing’s COVID-19 Operations Manual . If your co-op works with a management company, see if they have a protocol you could use or if they can work with you to help develop yours. Many co-ops are also now using this pre-screening assessment tool for when volunteers, staff or contractors need to enter a member’s unit.
As many co-ops are also workplaces and need to follow WorkSafe BC standards, you may also need to be aware of the workplace safety order from the provincial government.
For more resources to support your co-op at this time, please review our COVID-19 resource pages or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.