31 March 2020

High-density apartment buildings are at risk of becoming hotspots for coronavirus infection, akin to cruise ships, unless there are firm and uniform government directives on hygiene, experts say.

Strata lawyer Amanda Farmer of Lawyers Chambers said despite a raft of new regulations and measures on social distancing, specific guidelines for strata residents and managers had been overlooked. In the City of Sydney Council area alone, 80 per cent of residents live in strata buildings.

“These high-density places will soon turn into ‘cruise ships on land’ unless firm directives are put into place as soon as possible,” Ms Farmer said. “Outbreaks are imminent and our buildings are simply ill-equipped to deal with them.”

The Australian Financial Review
Nila Sweeney

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