Author: Nidhi Kumra, Co-Founder and CEO, Your-Space
For the co-living industry, the COVID-19 outbreak has become the most challenging task to combat by managing and prioritizing the health and safety of its residents across different cities with the help of skeletal staff. Even in the fear-stricken environment where daily operations have come to a screeching halt, they still have managed to comply with all preventive measures by using of safe practices at all their premises, maintaining a vigilant ground task force, while necessitating and ensuring quarantine for all their employees.
The co-living spaces are following extreme precautionary measures in order to ensure the safety of all their residents and the staff. The first steps that they have taken are by causing awareness among the staff and the residents with a wide publicizing strategy at the properties, and using extensive marketing strategies on the social media as a platform for the youth, along with maintaining hygiene standards and sanitizing the premises with strict adherence to WHO guidelines to maintain the safety and well-being of the residents and their employees.
They are also undertaking community-based measures to lessen the spread of Coronavirus by extending their support to the government in the initiatives undertaken to combat the pandemic. For example, the recent Junta curfew was a massive success and the co-living space industry went all out to support, spread awareness and mark their participation in the initiative.
Educating everyone about implementing social distancing- which is the need of the hour and cancelling all community activities that require assembling of people in a confined space.
In addition to the above-mentioned practices undertaken, we at Your-Space, have conducted special training sessions for the housekeeping staff and the ground task force at each one of our premises, following sanitizing practices based on WHO guidelines, maintaining a perfect quality of hygiene standards in the kitchens, making nutrition as an essential part of the F&B to strengthen and maintain the immunity of the residents in order to remain healthy to keep up with the current environment.
Close monitoring of each one of the residents including the staff at the premises and provision of immediate medical care, should the need arise. Most of our employees have been given quarantine and are working remotely, coordinating with each other across different cities.
One of the numerous measures undertaken by us are providing counselling sessions to our students and making them aware about the intensity of the situation. Communicating preventive measures to fight the outbreak and providing the ground task force as well as the residents with PPE (Personal protective equipment) essentials like sanitizers and masks are made available at the common areas of all the Your-Space properties.
An IIM-Cambridge-Oxford alumni initiative, Your-Space, is a built-to-suit student housing facility that offers top-class accommodation.