Shop Reopens August 4th
Good News! NWA’s Board of Directors has endorsed the Reopening Plan developed by the LCOC and others for our Shop on Railroad Avenue. NWA’s website calendar now shows reopening to begin on Tuesday, August 4 at 9:00 AM with the Crafters as the first group to experience our new normal.
Note that the calendar includes one change from the Shop’s pre-COVID schedule, and that is that qualified Scrollers now will need to come on Monday evenings during the Pen Turners’ activity session to use scrolling equipment. [Thank you again, Pam Bucci, for agreeing to oversee scrolling activity.]
Everyone entering the Shop will need to wear a face mask, to self-declare that they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and to sign an entrance logbook. [If you happen to forget to bring a face mask, a supply will be available.]
Because minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19 is important to all of us, I am going to repeat myself:
Face masks must be worn at all times along with following social distancing practices as much as possible when you are inside the Shop.
For example, members using work benches should work separately at a bench except when a member needs assistance with some aspect of a project.
For turners, face masks must be worn in addition to face shields because face shields provide no filtering protection. [If Shop face shields are used, they must be cleaned and disinfected immediately after that use.]
In confined areas, e.g. the Machine Room, Sanding Room, and Meeting Room, maximum capacity signs have been posted.
As part of NWA’s new normal, disinfectant stations for hand sanitizing have been set up around the Shop and can be used as often as a member wants.
Food and drink has been removed from the Break Room, and the room will be used only for hand washing. [Actually, hand washing now is considered more effective than using those rub-on hand sanitizers.]
Unfortunately, this also means that snacks, lunches, drinks etc. should not be consumed inside the Shop because that would require mask removal; and from what I have read, it seems that people tend to forget to recover their mouths and noses with their masks after indulging in their favorite indulgences.
Only one bathroom will be available to minimize cleaning chores.
At the end of each activity session each group has the responsibility to wipe down or spray specific items like faucets, light switches, door handles etc. with a disinfectant. Instructions identifying these items will be posted – No swobbing of the decks or scrubbing of bathroom fixtures, however, is required. SIG leaders or their delegates will be signing a logbook affirming that this has been done.
Remember, we are all in this together trying to keep the Shop safe for one another. View these next few weeks are a shakedown period. Feel free to ask questions, and please do not hesitate to make suggestions about improving policies or practices. Keep a persevering spirit; and remember…
Stay safe, help others, and keep woodworking,