Coronavirus Resource Center
The spread of the coronavirus has been a seismic shock to how we live and work. Companies around the United States are struggling with supporting employees and their families while maintaining operations during mandated shelter-in-place orders. As the commercial property management industry navigates through this crisis, BOMA/GLA will continue to provide up-to-date documents and other resources to help you prepare your tenants and your buildings.
Gavin Newsom Pandemic Roadmap
Governor Gavin Newsom recently laid out his vision for what reopening California might look like. He outlined both the phases of reopening and key indicators that would enable him to ease statewide restrictions. This slideshow includes the key components of Gov. Newsom's vision.
SOCIAL DISTANCING PROTOCOLS: REQUIREMENTS AND TIPS FOR BUILDING MANAGERS
All businesses in Los Angeles County are now required to post signage regarding social distancing before employees or customers enter the building. BOMA/GLA has gathered social distancing protocol forms and provides language for signage to help owners comply. Also included are tips on where to post signage and on dealing with tenants and third-party contractors. Go to the BOMA/GLA Member Hub for more resources.
GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM OUTLINES NECESSARY STEPS TO MODIFYING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
According to Governor Gavin Newsom, major changes in our institutions and the way we interact must take place for a successful transition out of the current emergency. The state has developed six indicators that will guide decision-makers as they consider lifting the Stay at Home order.
Webinars and Videos
STAY AT HOME ORDER: A REVIEW FOR CALIFORNIA’S COMMERCIAL BUILDING OWNERS AND MANAGERS
This webinar provides information on both federal and state legislation and executive orders affecting commercial owners. BOMA International staff provide a description of comprehensive federal legislation aimed at financially supporting business, and its application to commercial property. Our state advocate, Matthew Hargrove, discusses Governor Newsom’s No Eviction and Stay at Home orders, including the definition of “essential personnel”. Speakers also highlight BOMA International and California Business Properties Association Covid-19 web resources. See www.boma.org/coronavirus and http://cbpa.com/covid-19-resources/.
COVID-19: MAINTAINING BUILDING OPERATIONS AND PREPARING FOR RE-OCCUPANCY
This one hour webinar is provided for informational and educational purposes and includes information on the steps you might take while maintaining the operation of your building and issues that you may be faced with upon re-entry.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION VIDEO ON THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
This short video describes what the coronavirus is, how it developed, how it is transmitted, and methods for preventing its spread.
LAFD ISSUES A NOTICE REGARDING FIRE/LIFE SAFETY EQUIPMENT TESTING
The Los Angeles Fire Department has informed BOMA/GLA that it has issued a notice that all buildings with fire/life safety equipment should be tested according to their regular maintenance schedule during the coronavirus epidemic. They cite maintaining the safety of building occupants and building equipment as the reason for the policy. This is also in adherence to the recent National Fire Protection Association Guidance. While testing continues, however, the Department expects testing companies and owners to take whatever precautions are necessary to ensure social distancing, environmental cleaning, and handwashing as per Mayor Garcetti’s order.
NEW REQUIREMENTS UPON ENTERING ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ordered that Angelenos must cover their faces while inside of an essential business, including your building. Learn more about what that means for your building here.
ON MARCH 27, LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERED A MOTION THAT WOULD HAVE IMPLEMENTED "RIGHT OF RECALL" AND "RIGHT OF RETENTION"
Essentially, these would have required that employers forced to lay off employees due to the COVID-19 emergency do so based solely on seniority. It would have also required that companies provide laid-off employees the opportunity to return to their jobs, by order of seniority, before considering other candidates for the positions. This is obviously impractical, and potentially detrimental, to running a business. That's why we joined a coalition to oppose this motion, and successfully had it tabled. This is our coalition letter, which fully outlines our concerns.
BOMA/GLA ANNOUNCES UPDATED LIST OF MEMBER SERVICES AVAILABLE DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
BOMA/GLA Professional and Associate member companies maintain the highest standards and are essential to the operation of commercial office buildings. During these challenging times, owners and managers need information on companies ready to step up to assist owners in this new environment.
Support the BOMA/GLA member service companies that are a key part of our industry!
LETTER TO TENANTS REGARDING POTENTIAL COVID-19 EXPOSURE
Many managers are already experiencing possible or actual exposures of tenants in their buildings to the Covid-19 disease. Melissa Dennis, a partner in the BOMA/GLA member firm Allen Matkins has drafted a sample letter for managers to use in contacting tenants about the exposure/possible exposure. If you already have a draft letter, you may want to view this to ensure you have covered the necessary issues
CARES ACT - LIST OF IMPORTANT PROVISIONS
Here is a list of provisions in Congress's recent $2 trillion economic aid package, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, that impact the commercial real estate community. BOMA International played a vital role to ensure the needs of commercial property owners and operators were addressed in this bill.
"SAFER AT HOME:" WHO QUALIFIES AS ESSENTIAL STAFF?
Thanks to BOMA/GLA’s advocacy efforts in coordination with our Government Affairs Committee, many of your employees and service providers can continue to conduct essential work that keeps your buildings safe and operable.
WE'RE HERE TO ADVISE
The LABDS call center is experiencing a high volume of requests for inspections related to construction and code enforcement than they can address in a timely manner. Therefore, the department is strongly urging you to use the following process to submit online requests, using the methods provided below.
Recent local orders to combat COVID-19 require buildings to have clearly displayed signs that tell people to stay home when sick -- especially when they are experiencing certain symptoms. A lot of members requested guidance, so we are providing them with a sign that they can print and post in their lobbies, elevators, common areas, and provide to their tenants.
CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE
Additional resources can be found on Cozen O'Conner's Task Force Page. Cozen is a national law firm with many practice areas and significant capabilities. Most currently, the firm has formed a Coronavirus Task Force with so much information available. Inquiries regarding issues arising from the emergency can be sent to Jon Gross [email protected] or Don Nanny, [email protected] and we can refer you to an appropriate person on the Task Force.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW GUIDE
This document from BOMA International outlines what you can do to protect yourself, your tenants and your buildings. It also provides you with recommendations on what to do if you you're sick with the coronavirus and things to consider.
GUIDE TO PANDEMIC PLANNING
This important tool for property owners and managers was developed by BOMA Canada. Updated every year, this guide can assist in developing strategies to protect tenants, visitors and staff.
INTERIM PRE-PANDEMIC PLANNING GUIDE
This document provides interim planning guidance for State, territorial, tribal and local communities that focuses on several measures other than vaccination and drug treatment that might be useful during an influenza pandemic to reduce its harm.