As states around the country gradually ease stay-at-home orders, it is important that re-entry into office properties be conducted in accordance with the public health guidelines and procedures. Operations will differ from before the pandemic, and landlords should develop a plan to meet the needs of their office tenants, employees and visitors that reflects the increased focus on safety, health and wellness. Here are a few key things that landlords should consider to make tenants, employees and visitors feel safe re-entering the workplace en masse:
Landlords should limit crowds in common areas and install directional signs and floor markings in lobbies, elevator banks and other areas where bottlenecks typically occur, to help tenants and visitors navigate the property in keeping with social distancing guidelines. Hand sanitizing stations should be installed at entrances, reception/security desks and in high-traffic areas, and hand-washing reminder signs should be placed in restrooms. Where possible, landlords should employ touchless technology, limit use of high-touch surfaces such as doors, elevator knobs, touchscreen kiosks and vending machines, and provide disinfectant wipes near such surfaces. Signs with social distancing guidelines and reminders should be placed in visible areas, including elevators, escalators and stairways. Landlords may also require the use of face masks, gloves and other protective measures in common areas, in accordance with local jurisdictional guidelines.
Landlords should consider alternative means of access to shared amenities …