The council is sending updated Covid-19 guidance on contact tracing and hygiene advice this week to thousands of tenants across the borough living in private shared properties.
There are around 1,000 Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in the borough, most of which have between three and six unrelated individual people living under one roof with separate bedrooms and shared facilities.
When lockdown restrictions began in March, the council sent out Covid-19 guidance outlining related restrictions and health advice for residents in council-run and private accommodation, including HMOs. This went to over 12,000 council properties, around 650 households in emergency accommodation, and management companies that run around 2,000 temporary accommodation units.
This week updated guidance is being sent by email and post that includes advice on contact tracing and reminders around social distancing and good hygiene practices in shared accommodation.
Throughout lockdown, the council has also provided regular updates to council tenants and residents in temporary accommodation, as well as setting up an advisory group including local accommodation managers.
“Croydon has a lot of people living in shared homes, including HMOs, so this guidance reminds residents what they should do to limit the risk from Covid-19. This latest version includes information on testing and contact tracing, so I urge everyone who gets this leaflet to read it carefully and follow the advice for the sake of their whole household.”
Councillor Alison Butler, deputy leader and cabinet member for homes and Gateway services
More coronavirus advice is available online.