Simpson Properties is committed to doing everything we can to ensure the health and well-being of our tenants and guests. We want to keep you informed about Simpson’s response to the presence in the Alexandria/Springfield area regarding the Coronavirus known as COVID-19. We are taking extra measures, including frequent sanitation of all common areas in our buildings and asking our tenants to call or email rather than visit our offices in person. The following actions are designed to help keep our tenants, staff, partners and buildings safe. Please check back frequently for updates.
- Simpson is reducing person-to-person contact by asking staff whose jobs enable them to perform their work online from home, to do so.
- Simpson is postponing non-essential meetings and encouraging staff to conduct meetings as much as possible by telephone or online.
- Simpson is asking tenants to conduct business with Simpson Properties by phone, email or the website to reduce opportunities for the virus to spread.
- Simpson is ensuring adequate staffing to respond to an increase in tenants who contact us by phone or email, or our website at www.simpsondev.com
- Janitorial services will continue each day on a normal cleaning schedule in all Simpson buildings
- Engineering services have been reduced to “high priority” services only. Services will be limited to HVAC hot/cold calls in critical areas only, water leaks, odors, smoke, gas and any other high priority requests.
- We will continue to maintain building operations such as HVAC, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing systems, as well as Fire Life Safety Systems. Engineering staff will continue to perform routine inspections of the common areas and garages at the buildings.
- Regular maintenance inspections that involve engineering staff to visit tenant spaces will be put on hold during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, please call or email your Property Manager.
- Simpson building access hours will be adjusted to unlock at 7:00 a.m. and re-lock at 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, effective immediately to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus (Excludes 320 King Street, 2331 Mill Road, and 413 N Lee Street).
- A Social Distancing policy has been implemented, please keep at least 6 feet of distance from another individual.
- A PPE policy has been implemented, wearing masks are strongly recommended in all common areas of the buildings.
- Varying by building, entry and exit doors will be specified and marked to reduce touch points.
- Varying by building, elevator capacity may be limited to 2 per trip.
- Varying by building, a bathroom capacity may be recommended.
- List of Northern VA COVID-19 testing facilities – VDH
- Tenants may call their property manager with any questions at 703.299.0019 or you may email them at one of the email addresses below:
If you are aware that any employees or guests in your offices is diagnosed with the coronavirus, please contact Simpson Properties immediately. This is for your safety and decreases the risk to the rest of our building tenants. Please call us at 703.299.0029 or you may leave a message after hours at 703.299.0019.
For now, our plan is for all buildings to remain open and operating, business as usual. If there is an outbreak, Simpson will reassess and communicate to all tenants, any new updates. Tenants will decide how their offices will operate internally and if they will be closed.
We are asking that tenants report to us if they plan to close their offices or if you will be reducing your staff that will be present in the buildings. We greatly appreciate it if you have already communicated this information to us and appreciate your continued updates.
We know the COVID-19 virus is causing great concern and we want you to know that we share that concern. Simpson Properties is taking the situation very seriously and is closely monitoring developments. We will adjust our operations further as needed and will keep you informed of any additional changes we may make to protect our tenants.
Property Management Team
Important Phase 3 Guidelines
Phase 3 guidelines have been released and reflect the following changes:
- Social gatherings up to 250 people
- No limits on restaurant or essential retail capacity
- Social distancing still required for indoor dining
- Child care facilities allowed to open
- Gyms and pools can open with up to 75% capacity
- Personal grooming areas can reopen with mandatory social distancing in place
Other businesses such as entertainment venues, zoos, etc. can open at 50% capacity with a max 1,000 people
- Summer camps will remain closed
*Please note, Phase 3 is not in effect. The earliest that phase 3 can be implemented is 6/26/2020. Governor Northam still advises wearing face masks and continuing social distancing. The City of Alexandria’s health department is also recommending that residents are safest at home.
Important Information Regarding the CARES Act:
The CARES Act is intended for employers with less than 500 employees, and offers loans with average funding available of approximately 2.5X the average monthly payroll cost. The purpose of the Act is to allocate $349 Billion to the Small Business Administration to offer aid to small businesses affected by the Coronavirus. It appears the US Government intends to repay the loan if business owners can validate they used the funds for payroll, rent, utilities, servicing existing business loans, etc.
For more information on the CARES Act, please click here!
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