Association Managers and Board Members have been under tremendous pressure and are faced with many unprecedented circumstances this year.
As Halloween approaches, many communities will be filled with little trick-or-treaters, and each Community Association must decide whether they are going to permit trick-or-treating within their neighborhood.
While the Board has the authority to make decisions on behalf of the Association for the safety and wellbeing of its residents, we highly recommend that you consult your Association’s attorney as you evaluate what stance your community will take in regards to trick or treating and ensure that your board follows the proper protocol in implementing your decision.
For those Associations choosing to allow trick-or-treaters within their community, here are a few safety tips that you can share with your residents:
For Residents wishing to hand out candy
- Wear a mask
- Hand out the candy to the kids individually (do not let the kids pick out the candy)
- Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water in between handing out candy; or
- Set up a treat table outside with the candy spread out or placed in treat bags so that the kids can grab one item without touching the rest
For Kids going trick-or-treating
- Wear a mask (not a costume mask)
- Take hand sanitizer and use it frequently
- Do not travel in large groups and stay with the same group
- Stay outside
- As soon as you get home wash and change clothes
Remind your residents that your primary objective as Managers and Board Members is the health, safety, and well-being of all residents of the Association. As a community, you must put your neighbor’s health over convenience and discomfort.
Share these tips with your residents so that they are aware of the policy. Speak with your Association attorney as to the best way to adopt any guidelines and share them with your community.
The best way to stay involved is through thorough communication, and as always, we’re here to help in any way we can. Our attorneys are experienced, and ready to help you find solutions. They also care about the communities they are involved in.
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