This is an active document that will be updated as the situation regarding COVID-19 changes.
Last updated: 3/19/2020 - 12:00am
Pikes Peak Makerspace COVID-19 Strategy
Please understand that we know we have a wonderful community that supports each other and we want to do what is right for each other and the community.The rapidly evolving coronavirus [COVID-19] is impacting individuals and companies around the world. At Pikes Peak Makerspace, our highest priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our members and the community. Since COVID-19 spreads exponentially once it gets a foothold in a community, it’s critical that everybody and every organization do what they can RIGHT NOW to slow the spread. That means taking all the precautions the CDC recommends - PARTICULARLY MAINTAINING CLEANLINESS AND ADEQUATE SANITIZING SUPPLIES especially in the next days and weeks.
For these reasons, we closed Pikes Peak Makerspace as of Monday, March 16. Classes, tours and events are suspended indefinitely. The only exception is for those whose income depends on having access to the Makerspace. We have talked with these individuals and come to an agreement on how they can make it as safe as possible with the knowledge that, depending on circumstances, PPM could close for everyone at any time.
We realize this is a difficult time for all. We feel it is our civic duty to take the actions we have.As circumstances evolve, we certainly want to find a safe way to make our space available for all members so we are looking at a phased approach for opening PPM. Here’s a high level summary of our current thinking:
Phase 1 - Shut down with the exception noted above
Time frame: indefinite - probably weeks
Phase 2 - Controlled access (for members ONLY - no guests)
Time Frame: when the peak infection rate has passed and there are assurances that the medical system can handle the virus and critical care as determined by the CDC and/or relevant governments - could be months
The following minimum processes are in place. (We will work with members to refine)
The space is off limits to anyone who is sick. A person needs to remain out of the space until they show no symptoms and do not have a temperature for 1 week. We believe it is in the best interest of our members for those who are infected or in contact with someone that is infected to please notify theMakerspace. (email@example.com)
A scheduling process is in place to assure Social Distancing can be maintained.
Disinfectant procedures for those utilizing the space are in place, tested, and understood.
Signs and materials are readily available to assure ease of performing as described above.
Safety orientation is reworked and tested that includes the steps above and includes agreeing to follow the CDC guidelines - All members will be required to go through this orientation and sign off on a document saying they understand and agree to the requirements before re-entering PPM.
Guidelines and requirements for personal protection gear is in place - not only for virus protection but for injury safety protection.
Phase 3 - Enhanced operations to include what makes sense from the past plus new ideas
Time Frame:when the CDC and/or relevant governments declare it’s safe for “normal” operations
Celebrate how the community managed to thrive through trying times
Keep the appropriate processes in place that make sense
Enjoy the enhanced experience we can now have because of all we learned