These guidelines were created by referencing existing guidelines developed by our comrades at Punks with Lunch.
When faced with the threat of covid-19 and capitalism, Omni Commons remains committed to be a place to organize, to collaborate, to learn, to celebrate and to develop networks of mutual aid. We must however take caution and act responsibly to protect our community. We ask that organizers interested in using the Omni as a space for mutual aid activities review and implement the following guidelines.
It is important to note that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) adversely affects folks who are immunocompromised and people over 60. Moreover we must be aware that many of the communities we work with are the most vulnerable including our unhoused neighbors who lack access to clean running water, proper shelter, and are unable to self-quarantine.
These protocols are not created to prevent us from contracting COVID-19 (although this is a goal), but it is to prevent spreading COVID-19 to folks who are at-risk of suffering more severe complications. Additionally, we understand that every organization has different needs and accessibilities, so please take these guidelines as a starting point to your own conversations about personal and community safety while providing support to our communities.
1. If you are feeling sick, even if you think it may be just allergies, please stay home. Public Health officials have stated that if anyone feels sick that they are to self-isolate and quarantine themselves so as not to spread this virus to others.
2. Provide training for staff and volunteers on sanitation procedures, and the proper wear of personal protective equipment.
3. Provide proper and sufficient hand cleaning stations, stocked with hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, or soap and water. Public Health officials have stated that hand washing is a key tool to help prevent the spread of the virus. Wash hands periodically with soap for 20 seconds.
4. Maintain 6ft distance between folks.
5. All volunteers and staff should cover their mouth with facemasks and wear gloves if supplies are available.
6. Take proper sanitation precaution in preparing the distribution space.
7. Maintain clean working surfaces. Routinely and efficiently clean facilities and surfaces often. Notes on cleaning:
8. Develop and provide procedures for sanitizing all donations received and distributed.
* There is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spread through food, but please make sure that you follow health code standards of preparing food.
* If a volunteer accidentally spits on the food by talking, laughing, etc, please throw that food away (this should be done anyway).
Offer jobs other volunteers can do instead of them going to distribution like making more prepackaged kits, help print informational flyers, catch up on data, do research about providers in the area that are not suspending services, contact medical providers who will accept people with soft tissue infections or medical conditions that are not related to COVID-19
ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST WEAR GLOVES AND MASKS (IF AVAILABLE).