Adam Stolberg, President, Neal Shamis, COO, along with everyone at Advantage Management appreciates everything our clients are doing to help in the battle to keep each other safe during this pandemic. We hope everyone is doing well with the stay-at-home order and staying healthy. We are still working hard to keep building operations as normal as possible for you and your Association while maintaining safety as an utmost priority. Our accounting department has not missed a beat in processing assessments, vendor payments, and financial statements to your Boards. Our Managers are working remotely and virtually with your Boards to ensure your property issues are being addressed timely.

As we have moved into this new era of working remotely and social distancing, we have successfully implemented some new tools to hold open Board Meetings. We can now offer all our Associations the ability to meet virtually via Zoom Meeting. This allows your Board and Association to legally hold meetings and conduct business. While many of you have used Zoom for work, school, or even casual social gatherings, we will be sending a tutorial in a future newsletter. Please keep an eye on your email for information on any upcoming Zoom Board Meetings.

While we are still under the stay-at-home order, we continue to ask that all our residents practice social distancing – keeping six feet between ourselves and others at least. We should approach contact with others as if they are infected. When using the elevator, no more than one person (more if they are living together in the same unit) should use the elevator at the same time. This means we may need to take turns and wait until others have completed their trip up or down before getting in.

Many of the Chicago-land Suburbs have mandated the wearing of a mask when out in public especially when you are around other people. It is also a good idea to wear one when walking through the common areas of the building.  You might think why do I need to wear a mask when going to check my mail but of course you never know what fellow residents you might come into contact with, so it is best to err on the side of caution and wear one when in the common areas.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, sneezing or coughing. Carry disinfectant with you if possible, as well. When you cough or sneeze, do so into the inside of your elbow. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Please remember to only flush toilet paper in your toilet.  Other paper products such as napkins and paper towels are not made to break down in the plumbing system like toilet paper is.  Protect your pipes and prevent issues by following this practice of only flushing toilet paper.

On a personal note, while the Governor has deemed Advantage Management an essential business, along with many of your buildings’ vendors, these essential personnel deserve our thanks and gratitude during this difficult time. To all of our residents who are serving on the front line in any capacity, we cannot thank you enough for the work you are doing, placing your own safety second, in an effort to help fight this pandemic and save lives.

We will continue communicating often to keep you informed of the latest developments.  We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.

Thank you for your cooperation.