464.4.3 Common Areas
A minimum of 35 square feet (3 m2) of living and dining space per resident, live-in staff and live-in family member shall be provided except in facilities comprised of apartments. This space shall include living, dining, recreational or other space designated accessible to all residents, and shall not include bathrooms, corridors, storage space or screened porches which cannot be adapted for year round use. Facilities with apartments may count the apartment's living space square footage as part of the 35-square-footage (3 m2) living and dining space requirement.
A room, separate from resident bedrooms, shall be provided where residents may read, engage in socialization or other leisure time activities. Comfortable chairs or sofas shall be provided in this communal area.
The dining area shall be furnished to accommodate communal dining.