Advice and Opinion

SAPOA – Responsible Re-opening Guidelines (Commercial Property)

Covid-19 / Commercial

The commercial real estate industry is preparing for a phased re-entry over the coming months. To provide guidance on building operations and management, SAPOA presents the below document to help their members meet the challenges ahead.

This document provides recommended pathways for the safe return of tenants, building personnel, visitors, vendors, contractors and others to building you own and/ manage.

Together, we will need to consider plans to coincide with the easing of restrictions before, during and after the Covid-19 emergency. This will involve a significant amount of pre-planning to ensure that buildings, employees and members of the public feel safe. Constant physical checks will be required, but also good communication and planning, so that employees, tenants and visitors know what to expect and, have the confidence to return to your buildings.

No two properties are alike, so SAPOA cannot recommend a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach – nor can their approach and recommendations capture every single consideration.

SAPOA hopes that this report will assist individual property owners and managers in adapting and adopting. They also urge all members to consult the relevant local governmental health regulations, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA), and the public health authorities.