You may have noticed that things have been quiet on the Firebrand Collective front lately. Our Instagram feed is neglected and the newsletter – never robust – has completely fallen off the face of the planet. This is entirely down to me, trying to figure out how to navigate life as a single, stay-at-home, business-owning- -and-operating, mother of three. While I haven’t found that secret sauce quite yet (and believe I’ll let you know if I do), headway has been made and Firebrand Collective is ready to move forward; you’ll be hearing from us over the next few weeks for sure. But first things first:
As a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) we are implementing new procedures not only to help reduce the spread and flatten the curve, but to reassure each and every one of you that Firebrand Collective is a safe and secure space. If we all do our part, Firebrand can remain a place of refuge for each and every member.
Social Distancing. Firebrand is implementing official social distancing measures. (I know that most, if not all of you, have been observing social distancing already.)
The number of people who can be in our space at any time has been reduced by half and all members need to be at least 6 feet away from each other. This means one person per table in the Hot Desk area. You’ll notice that the desks have been moved further apart; do not place them side-by-side until further notice.
Guest and/or client visits. Guest and client visits must be scheduled in advance. You must meet your guest at the door to allow them entry; the doors will not be unlocked and the space will not be open to the public until the time period mandated by the government of Kansas City elapses. Your guests must follow the rules of the space, as noted in our Membership Agreement and House Rules – this extends to the rules laid out in this policy.
Cleanliness and disinfecting the space. I am cleaning and disinfecting shared surfaces and high-touch areas twice a day, and then again after the space has closed. These include desks, doorknobs, buttons and switches, and kitchen and bathroom faucets, as well as other areas.
Helping you stay healthy, too. We have ordered and will be providing members with tissues, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes. Kits will be available in the Hot Desk Area.
Soap is available at all sinks and an automatic soap dispenser and paper towels dispenser will be installed in the restroom. We ask that everyone in the space thoroughly washes their hands frequently with warm water for at least 20 seconds and tries to avoid touching their face.
Please also sneeze into a tissue or your elbow rather than your hand, then dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands.
Coffee. Because it is the most important thing. We have temporarily removed all mugs from the space and are only using disposable coffee and tea cups. We will not be making a shared coffee pot, but a single-serve Keurig is available for use.
If, despite everything, COVID-19 finds us. If a confirmed case of COVID-19 is present in our workspace, or individuals in our workspace have been exposed to a confirmed case, we will notify you immediately and perform a full cleaning and disinfection of the coworking space.
For easy access, this policy is posted online at www.firebrandcollective.com/health-and-safety-policy and some measures listed here may continue to be a part of our after COVID-19 has ceased to be a threat.
In addition to these steps, I will continue to monitor the latest information, including recommendations, from the CDC and World Health Organization and Firebrand Collective will do our part to stop the spread of this disease. Your health and well-being are the most important thing in the world to me (except coffee..which, as stated above, is the most important) and will always drive our policies.
This is a wild time – one we will never forget and perhaps one that will affect us all for a long time to come. We will continue to work together to build a community that inspires and challenges us. We are, even in the time of COVID-19, better together…but at least six feet apart for now.