Hamilton’s board of health has voted to send a letter of instructions to anyone responsible for apartment buildings and condominiums that are at least 12 storeys in height.
The instructions stem from a trio of recent COVID-19 outbreaks in residential high-rises, and they require certain infection, prevention and control measures.
Ward 2 Coun. Jason Farr says the outbreaks were one of his “worst fears realized” during the pandemic.
Managers of affected high-rise buildings are required to promote physical distancing and masking in common areas, provide hand sanitizer and PPE for staff, maintain HVAC systems and disinfect high contact surfaces twice a day.
Farr says he hopes the instructions will bring “a lot of peace of mind” for people who live in higher density buildings.
Representatives at Hamilton ACORN, a local tenants rights group, welcome the measures but wish they had been enacted more quickly.
Outbreaks at residential high-rise buildings on Queen, Wellington, and Rebecca streets, accounted for a total of 225 cases of COVID-19 earlier this year.