These are the RULES for the Mutual Building while the national lockdown persists:
1. Security Services - Contracted security companies will attempt to continue as normal, with all staff stationed at their posts.
2. Visitors - No visitors will be allowed in the building, unless essential (medical practitioners, paramedics, immediate family).
3. Deliveries - To be collected at the main entrance.
4. Cleaning Services - All contracted cleaning services are to continue.
5. Refuse Removal - This will continue as normal.
6. Common Areas - The gym will be closed and locked.
7. Maintenance issues - Plumbers and electricians are available for emergencies.
8. Contract Work – Contractors’ projects will be suspended with immediate effect.
9. Insurance claims - Insurance claims can still be logged by emailing email@example.com
10. Managing Agents - The managing agent will be working remotely and is available via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
11. Emergency Numbers –
- Fire Department - 10107
- Ambulance - 10177
- Flying Squad/Bomb Squad - 10111
- Municipality Services - 086 010 8000
- Provincial Covid-19 hotline: 021 928 4102
Recommended preventative actions:
- Do not shake hands - rather offer a slight bow, bump elbows or bump fists
- Use disposable surgical masks to prevent you from touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Use disposable gloves when active outside in areas that might be contaminated
- If no gloves use a knuckle to call the lift or switch a light - not your finger tips
- Open doors with a closed fist or your hip - only use your hand if there is no other way
- Use disinfectant wipes where they are provided in shops and eateries
- When you get home wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap or use sanitizer (>60% alcohol to be effective)
- When you can't wash immediately, have sanitizer ready at your front door and in your car
- Cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and then discard it, or use your bent elbow if you have to
- Everything that is associated with infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious
Click the Department of Health logo above for more information from the Government.
These additional fact-checked notes are based on recent advice from Professor James Robb, sometime professor of pathology at the University of California San Diego and one of the first molecular virologists in the world to work on coronaviruses:
- This virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. The air will not infect you but all the surfaces where these droplets land, including clothing, are thought to be infectious for a week or more.
- You will not be infected unless your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon, or if your touch your face with a finger or other thing that carries the infectious virus.
- This virus only infects your lungs, through your nose or mouth - it is lung-specific. A mask will not prevent the virus in a direct sneeze from getting into your nose or mouth - it is only to keep you from touching your nose or mouth.
- Zinc lozenges have been reported to be effective in stopping viruses from multiplying in your throat and nose, although they are not guaranteed to 'kill' a virus. You can consider using them when you begin to feel ANY "cold-like" symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat. See https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/zinc-lozenges-coronavirus for fact-checking.
Further sources of information and assistance
Western Cape Government Department of Health information:
General Public Coronavirus help line in South Africa:
0800 029 999 (24 hours)
Tygervalley Hospital is designated for receiving cases in Cape Town:
021 938 4911 (24 hours)