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Guidance for Shared Stairwells

The following Parliamentary Question was answered today, 23rd July, regarding guidance for shared stairwells.

Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern) (Scottish Labour): To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, how it will ensure that conditions in shared tenements with properties that are let will not impact on (a) residents’ and (b) community health. (S5W-30569)

Kevin Stewart: The Scottish Government has taken action throughout the pandemic to ensure that people are protected and that appropriate steps are taken to suppress the spread of the virus. Enclosed spaces present challenges and we have published guidance that has taken account of Public Health Advice on the need for communal cleaning. The guidance is available on our website:https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19- physical-distancing-and-hygiene-advice-for-multi-storeys-and-high-densityflats/

The guidance makes it clear that regular cleaning should continue to be provided during the pandemic in line with Public Health Advice. We expect everyone with responsibility for cleaning communal areas to carry this out and ensure that any staff carrying out cleaning are able to do so safely, with appropriate PPE. It is important that everyone plays their part in continuing to suppress the spread of the virus. Where a tenant has concerns about conditions of their tenement close then they should approach their landlord in the first instance.


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