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New How-To Guide Assists Community Associations Reopening

7/15/2020  -  Falls Church, VA


July 15, 2020 – Falls Church, VA – As COVID-19 accelerates disruptions for condominiums and homeowners associations, Community Associations Institute (CAI) has released, “Status Check: A Reopening Guide for Community Associations,” to aid and support communities navigating the closure and reopening of pools, gyms, playgrounds, and other common areas, amenities, and business operations.


According to CAI, as states began to lift stay-at-home orders, community associations have been challenged with questions surrounding how and whether to reopen facilities, and how to effectively phase in business operations. The common areas, amenities, and operations guidelines are organized by risk level or reopening phase, which are unique to each state, county, or city. In general, the high-risk category would apply to the shutdown and stay-at-home phase, moderate-risk to reopening phase one, low-risk to phase two, and normal to phase three.


The new guide is a timely resource available for homeowners, community managers, and business partners online as part of CAI’s interactive Coronavirus Resource Page and offers each individual community the opportunity to modify templates that fit the needs specific that community. Other resources include:

▪ A sample letter template to update residents about common areas and amenities

▪ Common area signage templates

▪ Guidelines for community association common areas, amenities, and operations

“This is the best, most comprehensive guide for community associations today,” says Thomas M. Skiba,
CAE, CAI’s chief executive officer. “As the leading authority in community association education, governance, and management, we believe it’s essential to develop solutions that directly help our members and community association stakeholders challenged by COVID-19. CAI has a long-standing reputation for offering world-class education, tools, and resources and we know our communities need answers to these questions and others that will likely continue as the pandemic surges in communities throughout the U.S.”

For more information about the impact of COVID-19 and community associations, visit CAI’s
Coronavirus Resources page.

To view or download a copy of
“Status Check: A Reopening Guide for Community Associations”.

To view or download a copy of “Healthy Communities,” COVID-19 & Community Associations Summary of Relevant Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines.


About Community Associations Institute 
Since 1973, 
Community Associations Institute (CAI) has been the leading provider of resources and information for homeowners, volunteer board leaders, professional managers, and business professionals in the nearly 350,000 homeowners associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives in the United States and millions of communities worldwide. With nearly 45,000 members, CAI works in partnership with 36 legislative action committees and 64 affiliated chapters within the U.S., Canada, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates as well as with housing leaders in several other countries, including Australia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. A global nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, CAI is the foremost authority in community association management, governance, education, and advocacy. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in community associations that are preferred places to call home. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @CAISocial.


Phone: 703-970-9235