COVID-19 and Newfoundland housing co-ops
Published March 30, 2020
Updated December 3, 2020
By now, housing co-ops have made the shift to a “new normal” changing operational practices in order to keep members and employees safe. If you encounter new developments, CHF Canada co-op staff are here to help you with your questions about co-op operations that are impacted by COVID-19.
You can also check out our COVID-19 Meeting Resources page for tips and guides for holding electronic board meetings, town halls, and alternate ways to hold a members’ meeting or AGM.
Restoring Safe Services
Newfoundland is currently at Alert Level 2: the focus is to control transmission while maintaining health system capacity, and standard guidelines will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Highlights include:
- social distancing guidelines – keep a physical distance of 2 meters (6 feet) from other people
- wearing a non-medical mask is required in most indoor public places.
- immediately self-isolate for 14 days if you enter or have returned to Newfoundland from outside the province.
- should stay at home as much as possible
Click here to keep up to date with the Newfoundland’s current status.
In-person meetings are not recommended as the risk of transmission is increased in confined spaces such as meeting rooms. It is recommended that meetings be done by video or teleconference, if possible, until further notice.
It is apparent that the threshold for the size of public meetings will vary by co-operative or venue, and may go up or down depending on the rate of transmission and other factors. If an in-person meeting is necessary remember the restrictions for distanced gatherings must be adhered to.
Even though board meetings will be smaller than members meetings, during the pandemic you may wish to consider holding virtual board meetings. If holding an in-person board meeting is required, please follow the Public Health Protection and Promotion Orders and remember that all health protocols must be adhered too.
CHF Canada recommends dealing with high priority agenda items and limiting meetings to no more than one hour in length. (Zoom videoconferencing platform is free for meetings of 40 minutes or less). During the pandemic, it would be a good idea for the board to schedule short weekly or bi-weekly electronic meetings to discuss urgent issues.
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