COVID-19 Workshop Protocol

KEEPING US ALL 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. 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 and also that, hopefully, many people will have received vaccinations before the workshop start date.

Travel Restrictions:

We follow travel protocols for each state we are having a workshop in. Travel from Canada is currently restricted to “essential travel.” Travel to educational institutions is considered essential per the US Embassy website. Whether the workshop would be considered an educational institution is unknown, so I suggest anyone traveling from Canada investigate the situation directly. You can check the current status HERE.

Temperature Checks:

Upon Arrival. All participants, hosts, any on-site help that we are authorized to check, and I will all have our temperatures taken before joining the group. The temperature cut off will be 100.4F and anyone who has a temperature above this, will unfortunately have to leave the site.

Daily. All participants, hosts, any on-site help that we are authorized to check, and I will all have our temperatures taken each morning before breakfast. The temperature cut off will be 100.4F and anyone who has a temperature above this, will unfortunately have to leave the site. 

Waiver & Agreement:

The following text is part of our required COVID Waiver and Agreement that you can find HERE. This waiver must be signed by all participants ahead of time. A hard copy will also need to be signed at the workshop. This waiver is in addition to our standard workshop waiver.

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 have not traveled and will not travel internationally within 14 days of the workshop start date.
  • I have not traveled and will not travel to a highly impacted area within the United States of America within 14 days of the workshop start date.
  • 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.

Masks:

We will be wearing masks as part of our safety protocols.  All participants who are within 10’ of each other must wear a mask. 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 as 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 10′ 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 requirements.

• We will provide all of the gear for meals including 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 requirements, 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 10’ to another person.

• 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