This is what the new normal would look like after the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) for those living in apartments and condominiums.
Covid-19 pandemic has reshaped and reoriented many aspects of our lives. The ‘new normal’ is something we have to contend with post-pandemic. Just what exactly does this new normal look like after the lifting of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO)? It probably looks different for people in different walks of life, locations and occupations.
For people living in high rise properties, a lot of things will change. New things must be considered that wasn’t in place previously. What are these things? We’ve listed some key items below and what you should do.
1. Contactless delivery is the best policy
Even when the CMCO eventually lifts, people may have become used to online shopping to ever go back. While there is no better feeling than having your ‘hokkien mee’ arriving at your doorstep, you should opt for “contactless delivery” where possible to minimise the risk of contact. Just instruct your delivery person to leave the items at your door or create a “pick up point” outside your door (a chair or a basket, just be sure to wipe down the area before and after receiving your package). Alternatively, you can self-collect your deliveries from the lobby or guardhouse instead.
2. Taking evening walks or runs
It used to be a nice community activity – taking evening walks around the compounds, chatting to other residents and getting some nice fresh air. You can do that post-CMCO, just make sure that you keep a safe distance from others so everybody remains safe. You can get a run in too if that was what you used to do, but make sure you are disciplined in ensuring you wash your outdoor clothes when you get back. Additionally, get a shower after your run to make sure the risk of infection remains low.
3. Not taking a dip in the pool so soon
Most apartment or condominium managements have stopped people from using the swimming pool and common showers, so I am sure a lot of you water babies may be hankering for a dip. Even if that stop-order is lifted eventually, it’s probably best to be cautious about using the pool as social distancing is almost impossible in a swimming pool.
4. Practice social distancing in the lift
It used to be a feat to squeeze into a packed lift without it beeping. But post-CMCO, wait for the next arrival. Social distancing would be useless if we are going to pack ourselves into a lift. A little patience may go a long way for you and your family’s health.
5. Taking your children to the playground
Most apartments or condominiums have playground areas where kids can go and play. It’s probably okay to bring your child to get some sun and movement but as a parent, you need to tell your children to stay a safe distance from other kids. Plus, make sure your kids refrain from touching their faces if they haven’t sanitised their hands first.
6. Do home exercises for a while more
Gyms and saunas at your high rise are probably going to be off-limits. While you might love nothing more than to get back to hitting those free weights and cycling machines, you should continue exercising at home to keep fit. Buy an exercise mat for a comfortable home workout. Try at-home burpees – it can pump your heart as well as a treadmill could.
7. “Your place, not mine”
If your parents are living on landed property, then perhaps it’s best you go to their place for family dinners for a bit after the CMCO. Getting them to come to you increases the likelihood of infection for them as high-rises have a higher density of people within a confined space.
8. Thinking twice about the visitors who visit
Unless they are people you completely trust, you may want to be a little more careful about who you invite to your home. People can call you paranoid but there is nothing wrong with being extra vigilant about safeguarding your home from a possible infection.
9. “A happening party is a small party”
At the same time, it’s probably best you refrain from holding parties for the time being or keep the numbers small. Even if you are a bit of a risk-taker, you may want to be considerate to your neighbours who may be concerned about too many strangers entering the apartment or condominium compound. Alternatively, hold a video call party instead to stay in touch with friends and loved ones.
10. Considering the density even more seriously
It’s more important than ever to consider the property’s density if you’re planning to buy a high rise property. There’s a possible infection risk when living in a densely populated high-rise. Low-density properties can be above budget, but you might find a gem among older properties with fewer units.
No matter what the new normal may eventually look like, there will be lifestyle adjustments to be made especially for people living in high rise properties. Take note of the few considerations advised above to accommodate you and your family’s lifestyle changes.