Has your scheme shut its pool for usage? Is it still being used?
April 8, 2020
The Queensland Government’s Non-essential business, activity and undertaking Closure Direction (No.4) directs the closure of “Swimming pools including public pools and pools in shared facilities such as hotels and apartments”, but some members have asked what options a committee has if residents are flouting this directive?
Strata Community Association (Qld) recommends clear and appropriate communication from the committee to the residents. It is advisable that a manager alerts the Committee and lets them decide what its course of action is in relation to residents not abiding by the COVID-19 protection rules and subsequently publish this to residents by way of a public sign. It may be worthwhile to alert residents that the Government has powers to fine up to 100 penalty points (approximately $13,000) for any breach of the Direction. Signage should outline why the pool is closed (ie the Government Direction), state the Committee’s course of action in case of breach (if any) and make the potential consequences (100 penalty units imposed by Qld government) very clear.
Committees should also ensure that standard legislated decision-making processes are followed and the necessary records are kept.
This information was first published by Strata Community Association (QLD) on 6 April 2020.
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