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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.

ELEVATOR PROGRAMMING FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING

As building owners respond to the new state and county pandemic requirements, many are asking whether elevator equipment can be used to assist in regulating social distancing. Check out our short guide to possible options for your elevator equipment.

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SECURITY CHECKLIST FOR BUILDING REOPENING

Deploying security in the new COVID-19 environment calls for a review of security staffing and path of travel in the building to comply with state and county health guidelines. BOMA/GLA member Louis Boulgarides, Ollivier Corporation, shares his checklist for analyzing security operations prior to tenants’ arrival.

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CARES ACT PROVIDES TAX BENEFITS

According to The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the cost of HVAC equipment and components, which are considered “qualified improvement property” (QIP) under the IRS code, may now be fully deducted for tax purposes in the first year. EMCOR Service/Mesa Energy Systems’ Harry Archung shares their insight into this new provision.

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CALIFORNIA HEALTH DEPT. GUIDELINES FOR REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

The California Department of Public Health has issued industry guidance for real estate transactions, whether commercial or residential, as restrictions are lifted on the showing of space. There are two documents relating to transactions: a broader guidance document and a general checklist.

The COVID-19 Industry Guidance covers the creation of plans for both the corporate office and shown properties, employee training and control measures, disinfecting protocols, and social distancing. The Checklist provides elements that should be covered in each of the above subject areas. Click here for the COVID-19 Industry Guidance and General Checklist.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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LA DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING AND SAFETY PROVIDES NEW GUIDELINES FOR CONSTRUCTION STAFF SAFETY DURING COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
In an effort to maintain social distancing and other protection measures during the COVID-19 epidemic, the LA Department of Building and Safety developed specific requirements for personnel on construction sites. These measures include keeping a 6-foot distance between workers, providing personal protective equipment (PPE) when called for, and designating someone on-site as the COVID Supervisor.
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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.

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Support the BOMA/GLA member service companies that are a key part of our industry!

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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

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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.

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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.

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COVID-19 POSTING

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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