As with everything else in our lives that we considered normal, Tampa Hackerspace has been adjusting to the novel coronavirus pandemic and the special challenges it presents. We have taken the following actions and will continue to evolve our response to best serve and protect our community.
- Limited access to the space and tools to only members.
- Moved public events to online venues whenever possible.
- Implemented space and tool usage procedures to improve safety and minimize social contact.
- Updated our training and tool sign off processes to minimize face-to-face contact where possible.
- Revised our new member on boarding process.
All of our classes and online events continue to be listed on meetup. To view them, RSVP, and participate, please visit https://meetup.com/Tampa-Hackerspace.
If you are considering joining as a new member, you can get started by viewing our updated on boarding process at https://tampahackerspace.com/membership.
Following are our updated rules to ensure fair access to the space and maintain the safest possible environment.
These rules have remained unchanged since we reopened for members. We are stepping up monitoring and clarifying details to ensure we maintain the safest possible community work space. We risk a complete shutdown if active members act irresponsibly and test positive. Such a risk ruins this for everyone.
If you fall into any of these categories, you should stay home.
- You belong to any high-risk groups related to Covid-19.
- You believe you have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days.
- You are exhibiting any symptoms of illness or not feeling well.
In addition to normal expectations for members when using the space, the following rules apply.
- Observe social-distancing rules. Maintain at least six feet of separation with anyone else present.
- Always wear a CDC recommended mask.
- Always badge in when you arrive so we have a record for any needed notifications.
- No non-family guests.
- Do not schedule any meetings at the space, public or otherwise.
- Sanitize equipment BEFORE and AFTER use.
- If no one has sanitized commonly touched surfaces today, DO SO. There are last cleaned log sheets in the 4931 and 4935 lobbies. Checklists are by the alarm panels.
- Do not monopolize access to the space.
- Announce your presence at the space on slack in the #members channel.
Notes about these rules
- Always means always. If you are at the space alone, you must still wear a mask. We don’t have paid staff to thoroughly clean all surfaces. If you cough or sneeze, the mask helps reduce the number of airborne germs and protects the community. If you get hot in the woodshop, take a break and go outside to remove your mask or keep it on and hang out in the air conditioned area.
- If you notice anyone not following our rules, say something. Preferably to them, but at least to a board member. You can message @board on slack or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rather than passively responding to complaints, board members will periodically review or monitor the security cameras. If violations are noticed, they will be addressed.
We are applying a three-strikes process. First time, you will receive a verbal warning or a warning through Slack. If the behaviors continue, a written warning will be given to the member and they will be required to sign it acknowledging receipt of the warning. Continued violations may result in suspension or termination of a member’s privileges.
Classes and Events
We will continue to offer virtual and online classes where possible. In-person classes may resume with a few prudent restrictions. Due to the need for social distancing, social events such as open makes, hackathons, and game nights will remain exclusively online.
For in-person classes, we have taken the following measures to maintain safety.
- If you are sick, change your RSVP and stay home.
- Masks are required and must be properly worn.
- We are providing face shields that must be worn along with the masks.
- You will be temperature screened when you arrive.
- Maintain social distancing during the class.
- You must badge in even if the door is open. We need to have a record of everyone’s presence in case there is a future or unexpected problem (e.g. contact tracing is required).
- If the instructor is not comfortable with your participation, you could be asked to leave without completing this class. This is done for the safety of everyone in the class.
Our hope is that it goes smoothly and we can continue to offer classes, tool sign offs, and other events going forward. Let us know what you think.
If you RSVP for a class and can’t attend, CHANGE YOUR RSVP TO NO. Last minute cancellations and no-shows not only take a seat away from other potential members, it is also extremely disrespectful to our instructors. Unless you’re sick or believe you’ve been exposed to an infected person, you may be restricted for a period of time from attending future classes in favor of other members.