Barcelona, 26 March 2020 – Taking maximum precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is essential and everyone’s responsibility. Despite mobility restrictions, going down to the street to look for essential goods is still part of everyday life. This implies constant movement in the communities of neighbors, who must take precautions to prevent possible contagion. Nuki, a leading European company in the development of technology for intelligent access, has collected the main recommendations and advice from authorities and experts to prevent the transmission of the virus in buildings:
Contact the neighbours
Having a group chat with all the neighbours will help older people feel more accompanied and allow those who need it to ask for help if necessary. In addition, it will facilitate the organization of the different tasks of sanitization of the building or the communication in case some person is infected, being able to warn the rest.
Reducing online shopping to a minimum
Visiting friends and family is not allowed, but home deliveries and deliveries have been kept to make it easier for everyone to have food and other essentials in their homes. However, authorities recommend using them in moderation and reducing them as much as possible.
This avoids risks for both the building’s inhabitants and the delivery staff. When delivery is a must, having a smart lock like NUKI SmartLock 2. 0 will allow you to open the door remotely so delivery people can leave their packages and purchase at the entrance. If you need to sign a receipt, be sure to disinfect the pen and hands after doing so.
Choose the stairs
Whenever possible, use the stairs to go up and down the house, avoiding the lift. Stairs make it easier to keep a safe distance of 1. 5 metres, even when meeting a neighbour by chance. Avoid touching the handrail as much as possible or do so with gloves.
If you have to use the lift, always go up individually and touch both the buttons and the door with protection.
Constant cleaning and disinfection
Keeping the building spaces clean and disinfected is essential to prevent contagion. Doors, locks, bell or elevator buttons or handrails must always be touched with protection. It is also recommended that they be periodically checked with alcohol, disinfectants or bleach solutions, organizing the task by floors.
Technology can also help avoid contact with certain parts of the building. Intelligent locking systems such as those offered by Nuki allow you to open the street door and your home door automatically from a simple application installed on your mobile. This way, the person who accesses it will only have to push it.
Closing of common areas
Yards or terraces are becoming the exercise area for many neighbors. However, authorities discourage the use of common spaces since they are hot spots for coronavirus transmission. Therefore, it is recommended to close these areas and limit the development of any activity to the private area of the home.
Opening stair windows and landings once a day will help renew the air and remove possible virus residues. It will be necessary to manipulate the locks and handles always with protection and maintaining the necessary hygiene and distance measures. Neighbors can take turns opening their windows for a minimum of 10 minutes each day.
Always wash your hands
Every time you leave the house or return from the street, the first thing you should do is wash your hands. If we use gloves, wash them thoroughly too. This eliminates possible virus residues and prevents contagion. Also, while on the street, avoid touching your face and limit contact with objects and surfaces.
 Recommendations and advice made by the Professional Association of Property Administrators of Madrid (CAFMadrid), the Association of Property Administrators (CAF) of Seville and the Government Delegation of Seville City Council.