Update #2 From CEO, Foy Cooley

To Our Access Family,

It has been a tumultuous week trying to grasp the current and potential impact of the COVID-19 virus. With our tenants and employee’s health and safety in mind, our company continues to educate ourselves on the best practices recommended by the CDC and the medical community.  This update will reiterate some of the information shared last week and recent changes we’ve made for the benefit of the employees and tenants.

We have been following the CDC and all new developments surrounding COVID-19 and have implemented some changes to our everyday operations. Self storage is an essential business. We serve many commercial customers who provide essential products and services to the general public. We want to be available for our tenants, but we know that “social distancing” is a key component to lessening exposure to the virus. So, we’ve modified office and tenant access hours which will shorten the time our employees and tenants are together. We are working on “contactless” procedures for rentals and we continue to ask our tenants to communicate with us via email or telephone rather than in person.

Access has been sanitizing all our stores multiple times a day and will continue to do so.

We remind everyone to continue to follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC’s) steps for protecting yourself and preventing the spread of the virus as well as following any orders being issued from your state.  We encourage you to:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place.
  2. Sneeze/cough into a tissue or elbow.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  4. The virus can be viable in the air for 3 hours; on copper for 4 hours; on cardboard 24 hours; on plastic/stainless steel 72 hours.

If there is no need for you to be out, we echo both Governor Murphy and Governor Cuomo’s executive orders to stay home.  We are trying to do our part in these difficult times, and we ask that you do the same.

We know that these are stressful and anxious times. This pandemic is certainly testing us and showing us the important things in life.  This is not a time to panic; it’s a time to reflect on what we can do more of or better when we come out of this. English theologian and historian Thomas Fuller wrote, “the darkest hour is just before the dawn.”

Stay busy, stay healthy, stay home.


Foy Cooley