Answered by Adam Kahn
Many condominium associations continue to grapple with the issue of when to re-open their amenities, such as fitness centers, pools, and sundecks during the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. While associations are not prohibited from re-opening, many will refrain from doing so given the potential health and liability risks. However, and as we are on the cusp of “Phase 4” of the Governor’s re-opening plan here in Illinois (scheduled for June 26, 2020), some of our clients are planning to re-open their amenities with social distancing and sanitizing protocols.
The City of Chicago recently put out suggested, but not mandatory, guidelines for residential buildings for “Phase IV” (available here) that recommend:
As noted, the foregoing recommendations are not mandatory. Boards can adopt stricter restrictions or keep amenities closed rather than opening and burdening staff with sanitizing and enforcing social distancing and worrying about potential liability issues. Ultimately, each association will need to determine whether (and under what protocols) they are comfortable re-opening common amenities, as health and safety come first.