Since our last email to residents, we want to make you aware that we have taken and/or are instituting the following changes, many of which were discussed in last night’s Board Meeting
1. Beach furniture has been locked down to discourage residents’ use of the private beach area, as the beach has now been closed by the Village.
2. We have removed chairs around the pools to facilitate separation, and continue to strongly recommend social distancing be followed in as well as around the pool. If Management determines that we are not able to maintain social distancing, then we anticipate it will be likely that pool access will be limited or closed.
3. Tables have been removed from our barbeque area, but the BBQ grills will remain open for residents who wish to bring their cooked food back to their units
4. We have closed Card Room 2, which had been open on a trial basis for residents to work or study, due to limited demand from residents, and the desire to focus our cleaning/sanitizing resources on high traffic areas
5. Association work in residents’ units has been suspended unless it’s an emergency. In support of this, we have suspended routine exterminator service until future notice. We have also halted all interior unit work associated with the Windows Project, including screen installations, water testing, and punch out work (as of this time, they will continue work on exterior stucco/paint repairs).
6. No new construction or renovation approvals will be granted until further notice. As explained below, decisions have not yet been made regarding restricting access for units currently under construction.
7. Housekeeping Dept hours have been restructured to 7am to 8pm in order to allow us to concentrate on sanitizing high traffic areas / high touch points in the common areas. Please be advised that whereas the Board authorized management to explore entering into a contract with an outside vendor to “fog” sanitize our lobbies and elevators once each week, further research has resulted in our deciding to allocate those costs toward increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing our high traffic/high touch point areas.
8. The Management Office will continue to be staffed and operating, but effective Thursday, will no longer accept walk-in visitors. You are welcome to communicate with the office via email or phone (details on the TKB website) to address any questions or needs that arise.
We are in the process of reaching out to Village authorities to seek their guidance on a number of issues we believe are of significance to our residents’ safety, particularly as it relates to whether we should be denying access to our property to non-residents, including contractors, real estate agents, and others who perform non-critical services for our residents. We are also exploring whether we should screen, in some form, non-residents prior to their access to the property, such as is now being done by the Village for its staff.
We continue to implore each one of our residents to take personal responsibility for their own safety, and follow the CDC guidelines that we’ve all heard repeatedly, including hand washing, avoiding touching your face, and social distancing. Pertaining to our elevators, we strongly recommend that no more than two people use an elevator at a time, and that you heed the advice to avoid touching elevator buttons directly with your hands. These steps are consistent with the message our government has been sending that doing so is critical for not just for our, but for society’s safety and best interests—WE ALL WANT TO FLATTEN THE CURVE!
As always, we welcome your suggestions and opinions on these and any other topics by emailing us at TKBBoard@tkbonline.com . At the same time, if you are working with contractors, many of whom may or will be dealing with a variety workers, subs and vendors which creates a level of uncertainty/ uneasiness for everyone, we strongly encourage you to inquire whether they’ve recently visited a high risk area, whether they’ve come into contact with anyone suspected of having the virus, and/or whether they’ve experienced any symptoms. If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please ask them not to enter our premises.
Also, we want to be sure you are aware that Key Biscayne has increased its precautions each of the last several days, which now include the closure of all Village beaches (although individuals walking or running are still allowed), a curfew from 10pm to 5am, and the closure of all restaurants. Their website (www.keybiscayne.fl.gov) and emails are an active source of information
Finally, we encourage any residents who live alone, or have special needs for assistance, to reach out to the office with your contact information. We are here to provide whatever support we’re able, including routine check-in with you or assistance that you require.
We look forward to hearing from you, as we continue to manage through this challenging and evolving situation. Thanks for all you are doing to make yourselves and our community safer.