In response to the changing epidemic condition, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) has completed the “COVID-19 Response Guidelines: Community Management and Maintenance” in collaboration with the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). Apart from the recommendation for shutting down all common areas, such as play areas and multifunctional areas, the MOI has suggested relevant measures for epidemic control for the safety, cleansing, and security guards of the community and community activities.
According to the MOI, the Community Management and Maintenance Guidelines gives epidemic prevention recommendations for residents and security guards, community sanitation, and community gatherings and activities. These recommendations include: wash hands after touching elevator buttons and door handles in common areas; cover coughs and sneezes; avoid talking in elevators/confined spaces; clean public areas regularly and wear PPEs like masks and hand sanitizers; and public areas like play areas and multifunctional areas temporary.
According to the MOI, communities should assess the need to organize any community activities and try to minimize them. If a community activity is unavoidable, assess the risk in advance, such as participant control, including their travel and contact history, the more we know, the less the problems will be. In addition, high-risk groups, such as people with chronic diseases and pregnancy, are advised not to attend any community gatherings or activities.
In venue selection, try to consider places with good ventilation and enough space for a minimum space of 1m between participants. In addition, a contingency plan, evacuation route, medics, and contact with the local health authority must be planned and arranged to ensure activity safety.
The MOI added, as the risk of community transmission is comparatively low so far, there is no need for residents and all security guards to wear masks at all times. However, residents are advised to wear a mask when they have frequent contacts with patients having syndromes of respiratory diseases or need to work in crowded places with poor ventilation.
The MOI pointed out, according to the Condominium Administration Act, a community shall hold at least one unit owner assembly each year. If the assembly is deferred for epidemic control, the MOI has announced to cease the punishment temporarily. However, the assembly must be held by the end of year after the epidemic condition turns better.
The MOI reminds the public to wash hands frequency, wear a mark when having syndromes of respiratory diseases, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home for rest. These are the basic rules for epidemic control. As the epidemic condition changes constantly, citizens are advised to follow the instructions given at any time by the Central Epidemic Control Command.