Note to Residents
1st July, 2020
We hope you are as well as can be expected in these difficult times.
We are writing to let you know (i) our plans for operating through remaining Covid-19 restrictions and how they will impact our services and your building and (ii) links to official government information should you require guidance, although we imagine most people are now well-versed in this from the media.
The circumstances under which we all live and work have changed significantly since mid-March. We continue to review and update our approach based on the latest information and advice provided by the Government.
At London Block Management, we care about the health and safety of our team and of our clients. We temporarily switched to a fully remote working regime in mid-March. Despite these unprecedented times, we maintained our full team, with none of our employees being furloughed through the pandemic. At the start of June, we cautiously switched to some staff working from the office again on a rotational basis which continues currently.
We are limiting face-to-face meetings and routine site visits as much as possible for the time being. Adequate PPE is available for all staff should they require it. Full IT and phone system capabilities and our out-of-hours emergency service remain in place as usual – please contact us in the normal way. Our team is here to help and we are working extremely hard to provide the highest standard of service as usual.
Contractors and on-site staff
Most of our regular contractors continued to provide a front-line service through the pandemic for which we are very grateful. Adequate PPE and social distancing guidelines are adhered to at all times.
Common parts of our buildings have continued to be cleaned throughout the pandemic as they are relatively high-risk areas. Staff continue to prioritise cleaning high footfall / touch areas (including, but not limited to, door handles, door panels, lift buttons and bannisters). If you have on-site staff in your building, they continue to work with the appropriate PPE and social distancing. We are keeping in close touch with them on at least a weekly basis to ensure that they have all the support they need. Should the staff need to self-isolate, we can access any required temporary cover.
Most delivery companies have now implemented no-contact delivery procedures, where the courier leaves the item outside your property for collection. Residents in self-isolation must ensure to use no-contact delivery for the safety of the couriers and the community as a whole, however, it is advisable that all residents utilise the new delivery option to guarantee their personal health and safety.
If your building benefits from on-site staff, please make sure to communicate with them that you would like the post to be left outside your door, if you are in self-isolation or simply prefer no-contact delivery.
Rubbish Disposal and Collection
The virus that causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days depending on the surface that it is present on. This is why we ask all residents in self-isolation to follow the government’s advice on personal waste (such as used tissues). Waste and disposable cleaning cloths should be stored securely within disposable rubbish bags. These bags should then be placed into another bag, tied securely and kept separate from other general household waste or recycling. Personal waste should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external household waste bin.
We are sure you have access to ample information online about the ongoing efforts to combat Covid-19 and the steps we are all being asked to take. We have compiled a basic list for you below as a reference point if you do need further information.
We are committed to ensuring the well-being and health and safety of all of our staff and residents. That is why we will continue to keep our approach flexible - you can access this letter and other future updates via our news section, which you can find here:
Any major future updates will be communicated with you directly via e-mail.
Covid-19 – Further Sources of Government Advice
If You Need to Self-isolate
Government advice is to self-isolate if you or anyone in your household displays symptoms of new continuous cough and/or high temperature. For the health and safety of others, it is important to follow the self-isolation rules laid out below and follow further guidance provided by the government and the NHS on this matter.
If you live alone and you have any symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, you need to stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
For further details on symptoms and self-isolation please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
If you or anyone in your household are self-isolating, or are showing any symptoms, please notify us and the on-site staff. We will treat this information with discretion and require it to make suitable arrangements - should that be arranging increased cleaning services outside your property or making alternative arrangements to protect contractors and staff.
The latest information from the NHS and the Government can be found on the following pages:
The pandemic continues to consume a significant portion of the media conversation, and we understand this can be a primary cause of stress. In times like these, it is important to take care of your mental health as well as physical wellbeing. If you would like to find out more on how to manage stress during these unprecedented times, please refer to the guidance provided by the NHS.