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COULD HOA’S BE ASKED TO TURN OVER GUEST LISTS TO TRACK COVID SPREAD?

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BOCA, DELRAY, BOYNTON GUARD GATES TRACK GUESTS AND VISITORS. THAT INFORMATION COULD PROVIDE VITAL CONTACT TRACING DATA.

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — HOA and country club communities throughout Palm Beach County may be asked to turn over guest lists when it appears parties are taking place against CDC and local health department guidance.

Palm Beach County — like much of South Florida — is full of “gated communities” where residents and guests entering and leaving are tracked by cameras and security guards. The thinking, according to source familiar with the proposed plan, is that a Homeowner’s Association logging more than a certain number of cars entering a community to visit one home would report that information to health department officials, local COVID contact tracers, or both.


The thinking, according to source familiar with the proposed plan, is that a Homeowner’s Association logging more than a certain number of cars entering a community to visit one home would be reported either to health department officials, local COVID contact tracers, or both.


“It’s a very easy way to determine where parties or large group gatherings are taking place, then to have contact tracers monitor any positive COVID-19 tests that may be returned in the days or weeks after an event,” said someone familiar with the matter. “There’s no guarantee that this will ever be more than an idea, but it’s an idea that seems easy to turn into a way to track COVID spread in a county that has a problem with people following guidance.”

One or two cars, according to the source, wouldn’t generate a red flag. But if ten cars are logged by a guard gate as heading to the same address in a short period of time, a report would be made to the Florida Department of Health or local authorities.

Police routinely review visitor logs kept by Homeowner Associations in gated communities when thefts or other crimes take place. HOAs maintain a significant amount of visitor and homeowner data which could help contact tracers determine who was where and when. Legally, many homeowners consent to the use of that information for any purpose deemed necessary by the HOA when they purchase a home.

There is no indication that such a COVID-19 tracking plan is imminent. “It’s an idea,” said the source.

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