Q&A: COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unique and challenging situations to each of us. Our cooperative and condominium clients, and their managing agents, have been working diligently to keep pace as this crisis unfolds. First and foremost, we hope that you and all of your families are safe and well.

We have been advising our clients on particular situations as they arise and will continue to be available to do so. Below are our thoughts on issues which have arisen repeatedly over the past few days. Of course, boards need to use their best judgment for their particular building. We are here to answer any questions you have.

Q. If a resident tests positive for COVID-19, or is self-quarantined, should we tell the other residents and staff?

A. Residents should be notified if the board or management receives notification that someone tests positive for COVID-19 in the building. However, the name and apartment number of the resident should not be disclosed to the other residents. If a board learns someone has decided to self-quarantine, the board should not disclose this. People self-quarantine for many reasons, and may not pose an immediate or imminent danger.  Regardless of what the residents are told, they must continue to act appropriately: wash hands with soap often, use disinfectant on surfaces, and keep hands away from their mouth, nose, and eyes.

Q. Should employees make service calls inside apartments?

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Comments

  • I would like to know whether a Condo Association and apply fora PPP loan- Paycheck Protection Program. I live in a 55 unit Condo. We are a Trust. We are subject to the effects of the coronavirus and must stay home. Some owners have lost jobs and applied for unemployment. This will affect us economically. We do not have direct employees. We have people who do our landscaping/snow removal, common area cleaning, and a management company. We pay them, but they don’t work exclusively for us. I’d like to know the legal perspective. Could we apply for a PPP loan to cover shortfalls that would otherwise jeopardize our ability to pay for needed services and hence have to terminate them. I'm not a Trustee. I am an owner. It is a very stressful time for everyone.