With children out of school and “social distancing” being suggested for everyone to avoid further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), valley residents are spending a lot more time at home and in their neighborhoods.
Mary Rendina, director of marketing for Complete Association Management Co. (CAMCO), offers some helpful hints for coexisting peacefully during these trying times.
- Get outside. Check with your neighborhood management about policies for using gyms/fitness equipment and playground areas if you have them in your community. There may be restrictions on use of such facilities, but many communities have trails and sets of stairs that offer options for fitness and family fun. The activity and sunlight will be good for all involved.
- Utilize neighborhood social media pages and apps such as Nextdoor to communicate with neighbors. Be courteous and kind, remembering that everyone is in a similarly stressful situation. And while everyone is encouraged to be conscious of social distancing, social media has allowed neighbors to arrange social distance-conscious gatherings. Set up a Facebook watch party, check out the Netflix Party option (netflixparty.com) to have a virtual movie night or host a virtual party.
- With more children out of school, and in many cases daycare, and parents needing to provide them with physical activity in between schoolwork, there are more playing outdoors at unusual times. Be hyper aware and exercise extra caution when driving on neighborhood streets.
- Be a good neighbor. Offer to pick up groceries and essentials for neighbors who are elderly, immunocompromised or unable to get out of their house for some reason. And look out for each other. It seems there are more stories posted on social media about packages being taken from front porches or fighting over supplies at the store. Kindness can spread just as easily as the virus.
Rendina also offered a reminder that most community management offices are closed to the public during this time. Anyone in need of services should check with their homeowners association contact for alternate arrangements to get services online or by phone.
To learn more about CAMCO, visit https://camconevada.com or search for @CAMCONevada on Facebook.