COVID-19 Workshop Protocol

KEEPING SAFE

Our #1 priority is making sure we all stay safe. For that reason, we will be enforcing the following measures and CDC guidelines during each workshop. We are really proud of the fact that after two years of holding workshops during the “COVID-era”, we have not had even a single case of COVID during or after our workshops.

We believe that a major reason for this accomplishment has been the inclusion of the safety guidelines described below. If you do not feel like you can meet the requirements set forth below, we ask that you not sign up. Please bear in mind that these protocols may change as the situation on the ground changes and new guidelines and/or restrictions are put in place by the CDC or local authorities. Hopefully, more and more people will have received vaccinations before the workshop start date too, and we will continue to dampen down global cases as a result of all of our efforts.

Travel Restrictions:

International travel into the United States is currently restricted due to COVID, so be sure to check the most recent requirements HERE before registering for a workshop or making travel plans. Entering the US by air has more restrictions than entering by land; however, restrictions apply in either case. At this time, all air travelers into the United States ages 2 and older must show proof of a negative COVID viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19. In addition, any non-US citizen who is a “nonimmigrant” must show proof of being fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC, against COVID-19.

Waiver & Agreement:

The following text is part of our required COVID Waiver and Agreement, a copy of which you can find HERE. This waiver must be signed by all participants. This waiver is in addition to our standard workshop waiver and is sent out 3 days prior to the workshop start date.

By signing the Acknowledgment, Assumption, and Waiver, Participant further attests that: 

  • I am not experiencing any symptom of illness such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
  • I do not believe I have been exposed to someone with a suspected and/or confirmed case of COVID.
  • I have not been diagnosed with nor received a presumptive diagnosis of COVID and not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities.
  • I am following all CDC recommended guidelines as much as possible and limiting my exposure to COVID.

Vaccinations:

All individuals are encouraged to get vaccinated, as scientific data has shown that vaccinations are the single most powerful tool we have against the COVID pandemic. This is not a political statement. Rather, it is a reflection of generations of scientific research, dedication of professionals within the medical fields, and proven, data-driven research. At this time we do not require that participants be vaccinated, but we do strongly recommend it for the health of our communities. Local regulations regarding group gatherings and vaccination requirements shall take precedent and shall be enforced if in place.

Masks:

All individuals, regardless of vaccination status must wear a mask when within 6′ of anyone else on site. We are in this together and must take care of each other. Please pay attention to social distancing throughout the workshop. The good news is that wearing a mask at a straw bale workshop makes sense, regardless of COVID, because there is a lot of dust in the air during the build.

If you are not willing to commit to wearing a mask properly (i.e. covering your nose and mouth) when within 6′ of someone else throughout the entirety of the workshop, then we ask that you not sign up.

Hand Washing and Sanitizing:

We will have hand washing and sanitizing stations set up throughout the workshop site including by the bathroom, shower facilities, and eating area. Everyone will be required to use them regularly, especially before meals. We recommend that everyone wear work gloves on the job site, especially when sharing tools. We also recommend carrying a bottle of sanitizer with you at all times so that you can sanitize your hands and/or any tools when shared between users.

Food Prep and Meals:

The following are some of the steps we will have in place.

• We will follow social distancing guidelines during meals.

• Meals will be served such that only those in charge of service will handle the food.

• Tables and chairs will be spaced and/or occupied within social distancing guidelines.

• We will provide bowls, plates, flatware, cups, etc.

• Bring your own water bottle and mark it so that it is easily identifiable.

Social Time:

Our evening gatherings are always a ton of fun, and I expect them to be for this experience as well. We will maintain the same guidelines, even though we will be “off the clock.” Here’s the plan:

• Maintain social distancing. Chairs will be no less than 6’ apart (unless you are sitting with someone you came to the workshop with).

• A mask is required if closer than 6’ to another person (unless you are sitting with someone you came to the workshop with).

• No sharing of drinks, smokes, or anything else that could possibly pass germs from one person to another.

These are new and challenging times. Keep in mind that the situation is fluid and we may need to change the requirements as a result of new recommendations from federal, state, or local authorities.

We appreciate your flexibility and understanding and I am so very excited to spend time with you all in a social setting: something I think we are all missing in this new way of life we find ourselves in!

-Andrew

 

*COVID-19 SPECIFIC REFUND POLICY ON WORKSHOPS* 

If a workshop is listed on our website as being open for registration, that means that we are currently on track & it is proceeding as planned. We are in close touch with each of our hosts and as of now, everything is running on schedule. That said, we have modified our cancellation policy during this period while we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

If a Local, County, State, or Federal agency imposes restrictions on the number of people that can gather (and we have more people signed up than what is allowed for), and/or such agencies impose a travel ban preventing a participant from traveling to a workshop, and/or we are required to cancel the workshop entirely as a result of newly imposed restrictions, we can offer 2 options for registered participants:

1. Participant can transfer their tuition to another available workshop location. Tuition credit must be used within 1 year of the start date of the workshop originally signed up for. We recommend you transfer your tuition early in order to secure your spot; we will give priority registration to those who have had a workshop cancel before we open it up to general registration. If a workshop cancels because of COVID, most participants will want to transfer to another one, which could greatly limit the number of spots we have available.

2. We can offer a refund of the tuition. A tuition refund would ONLY be available to those who signed up for a workshop with us between November 2020 and the present.