SM’s MyTown: Staff housing better than letting workers grapple with daily commute risks amid pandemic

MyTown, a property firm offering co-living spaces for young professionals, said the coronavirus crisis makes the case for employers to provide shared shelter for their workers as part of their business continuity plans.

Putting them together under one roof may actually be more beneficial to corporations rather than exposing them to the dangers of daily commute amid the COVID-19 pandemic, MyTown said in a statement.

“While it is true that coronavirus can be contracted in a matter of seconds, those living near work and with a fixed group of roommates results in reduced exposure to unknown surfaces and people,” it pointed out.

“The typical young professionals’ commute involves hours of sitting in traffic and touching numerous surfaces and bodies. By comparison, co-living spaces lower risk of contraction,” MyTown added.

MyTown has stepped up its health safety measures at its buildings in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig and Makati City. These include strict temperature checks, filling out health declaration forms, and provision of protective gear for both residents and staff.

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