Makerspace update on COVID policy changes

Due to the recent spike in COVID cases, The Makerspace is changing our operation policies
As the case numbers across the state and the nation have surged in the last several weeks, the governor has announced new guidelines for business operation and asked that all people avoid gathering in groups and stay home as much as possible.
How we are changing to comply and assist: Starting November 17th, the following policies and changes will be implemented for public safety by the Bellingham Makerspace:

– The retail area, including walk-ins from the mall, will be closed to the general public until further notice. The classroom common area will also be closed.

– Classes are cancelled for the time being, refunds will be issued, and future events are on hold. Existing members will be allowed to reserve time at least 24 hours in advance to use tools through the reservation calendar.

– Resident members will be allowed to use their own spaces, provided they follow all updated COVID safety precautions, and interactions are to be kept to a minimum.

– Volunteer shop host shifts will not be needed while the retail area is closed. Other volunteer opportunities may be available from home.

– Continue to practice health department recommendations of regular sanitizing of hands, tools and surfaces, mask wearing at all times indoors, and maintaining social distance.

We are currently seeking further guidance from the Governor’s office to ensure we are following all of the state recommendations and guidelines as intended. We will update our members and followers of any changes to our policies as needed to ensure safety and compliance are our top priority.

Thankfully, we have a very large space and these measures will allow us to operate well below 25% of our capacity. This is a challenging time for us all, and we are glad to have this supportive community even if we must maintain as much distance as possible until this pandemic passes.

In the meantime, we hope to continue to offer content by providing links to activities that can be done at home, lessons online, and sharing of the many ways the Bellingham Makerspace and Makers around the world make the world a better place. If you have input or ideas on how we can continue to provide for our community remotely please let us know. Stay safe, stay home, and we hope to see you when we can safely open again!

Mary Elliott
Executive Director
Bellingham Makerspace