Covid-Era Guest Policies for Your Apartment

By Victoria Robertson on October 16, 2021

Apartment living is a blast, but it also means you’re in charge of implementing your own rules (for the most part, and with the exception of the rules put in place by your landlord). That said, implementing your own rules can be challenging enough without the addition of COVID-related rules.

To help you stay as safe and healthy as possible, and keep your living space as unproblematic as possible, here are a few Covid-era guest policies that you can (and probably should) implement.

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1. Mask Up

First and foremost, when you have guests at your place, don’t be afraid to ask them to mask up, whether that’s in public spaces per the guidelines set forth by your landlord or in your apartment itself for your own safety-related reasons.

Wearing a mask in your apartment may seem like an extreme step, but for many, it’s a necessary one in order to remain safe. Especially if you’re immunocompromised, don’t be afraid to ask guests to wear a mask when visiting, or to refuse guests that don’t want to wear one.

Your safety is the number one priority, and wearing a mask is the first step to achieving that safety.

2. Use Sanitizer

There are countless common areas in apartments that you need to pass through in order to get to your apartment, including common area door handles that your guests will be touching on their way to your place.

For this reason, provide your guests with hand sanitizer upon entering the apartment so they can rid themselves of the germs of all other apartment guests and you can feel more comfortable having them in your space. It’s a quick and easy step that just requires a small amount of hand sanitizer near the door.

3. Take Off Shoes

Whether or not you typically enforce this rule, during the Covid era, ask your guests to take off their shoes when entering your home. Shoes are some of the biggest germ-tracking culprits, as they are worn in public spaces and pick up the world around them.

For this reason, when you ask your guests to take off their shoes at the door, you’re protecting your flooring from retaining those germs. While the likelihood of transmitting Covid via shoe is unlikely, it’s still a great extra step to take to be extra cautious.

4. Social Distance

Just because you’re having company over doesn’t have to mean that you’re putting your health and safety on the line. If you’re comfortable having friends over while wearing a mask and social distancing, simply share that information with them.

Don’t be afraid to immediately move to the balcony to sit outside, or sit across the room from your guests to put some space between you. The pandemic has been going on long enough that individuals understand the safety precautions some people need to (or want to) take. Just be sure that you let the individual know prior to their arrival so they know what to expect and can respect your wishes.

5. Contact Rules

If you have family and friends that are huggers, consider whether or not you’re in a position to feel comfortable being in such close proximity. If you’re fine so long as everyone is wearing a mask, more power to you. If not, don’t be afraid to let your guests know so they can adapt accordingly.

Upon arrival, most individuals will go in for a hug, so either use body language to prevent it, or directly let them know it makes you feel uncomfortable given the current state of the pandemic so they can respect your boundaries.

6. Sick Rules

Lastly, don’t be afraid to put rules in place to limit individuals entering your apartment that are feeling under the weather. If a friend is showing any symptoms of an illness, even if they are potentially allergies, do what you feel the most comfortable with.

Additionally, pay that same respect forward to your guests and let them know, prior to their arrival, whether or not you’re feeling healthy. If not, give them the option to back out of your plans and reschedule for another day when everyone is feeling happy and healthy. If you ask it of others, make sure you act on it yourself.

Implementing guest policies is never a fun undertaking, but especially in the age of a pandemic, it’s a necessary one. The above policies are a great starting point for any apartment, but be sure to implement rules specific to your landlord’s requirements for guests, and per your own health restrictions and limitations.

It’s more important than ever that we remain safe and healthy, so don’t be afraid to put your foot down when it comes to safety policies. Your guests will understand and adhere to them if they care about you.

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