Re-opening of communal areas in sheltered schemes

Juliet Duke 22/06/20 General Housing Topics

We would like to be as prepared as possible for when the government announces that people can meet up with others inside. Has anyone started to consider how they will manage this in communal lounges? Will all furniture be available for use or will some be moved out/taped up (like on public transport)? Do you anticipate that you will have all communal areas open again from day 1, or will you have a phased approach (we have rooms at 78 schemes spread across the city so are unlikely to be able to do in one go)? What messages will you be providing to residents. Any help or comment would be appreciated!

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Jan Davis 03/07/20

We have prepared the communal lounges with furniture arranged following social distance guidelines, removing excess from the room. We have asked that furniture is not moved but if it is we will not accept responsibility or liability also Risk Assessments have been completed and photos of the layout recorded.
We have also completed Risk Assessments for hairdressing salons and guest room occupation.

joanne Chadwick 03/07/20

We have a small stock of sheltered schemes but the question of when are we re-opening is constant. I am currently talking to our H&S team about allowing social distancing bingo in the lounge and going from there. The lounges are big enough, one person per table or a couple if they live together and no access to the kitchen facilities just yet - bring their own refreshments.
I am mixed and a bit uneasy moving forward but it is Independent Living, they are adults living in their own flats and we need to put some responsibility onto them to follow the government guidelines also.