Apartment Building Tenant Safety: COVID-19 FAQs
COVID-19 has evolved into a global health crisis and Canadians are worried about becoming ill.
The COVID-19 outbreak may be unchartered territory for you, but there are steps you can take to help maintain a safe living space for you and your neighbors.
I am self-isolating, but do not have symptoms. Am I permitted to leave my apartment?
If you have a patio, balcony or door that goes directly outside from your apartment, you can go outside for fresh air maintaining social distance from others as long as you remain within your property.
If you use a common corridor to exit or enter the building, take measures to ensure social distancing of 6 feet. Learn more about self-isolation.
What if I am self-isolating and have a pet that is required to go outside?
You can exit the building using self-distancing to take your pet outside to relieve themselves. If your pet requires exercise, please make arrangements with a friend or family member.
What if I test positive for COVID-19?
If you test positive, you will be required to remain in your apartment under self-isolation for 14 days. This means you will not be allowed to leave your apartment. You will be monitored by Public Health.
What support is available if I am home on self-isolation and not working?
The Province of PEI is providing financial supports to small businesses, entrepreneurs as well as employees who have experienced a layoff or significant drop in working hours. Find the applicable online applications below:
- Employee Gift Card Program
- Emergency Income Relief for the Self-Employed
- Emergency Relief - Worker Assistance Program
- Emergency Working Capital Financing
Are there other things I can do?
Yes, here are some of the things you can do to maintain a healthy environment for you and the others in your building.
Avoid spaces where tenants tend to gather: Avoid areas in you building where groups of people tend to gather such as an outdoor playground, indoor gym, or other nonessential amenities. The best way to limit or prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to have people distance themselves (at least 6 feet) from others.
Avoid having guests: Do not have guests into your apartment at this time. Fewer visitors means less exposure to the virus for everyone who lives in the building.
Wash your hands: Wash your hands frequently especially upon entering and exiting your apartment. Other times when it is important to wash your hands include;
- Before preparing, handling, serving or eating food
- After performing personal functions (e.g. using the toilet, blowing your nose)
- When hands are visibly dirty