The SCC Photo Club Board is pleased to announce a plan for re-opening access to the digital lab. The date will be June 22 as we need time to prepare the space. There are a few things you need to know before reading the plan. The first is that it is still difficult to get access to sanitizers and wipes. Do any members have some supplies that they can donate and leave at the lab for member use? We will set aside a space for these donations if you have excess supplies to share.
Second, we request your patience, compliance and cooperation as we re-open and try to return to normal operations. Not everything will go as planned, so we ask that you work with us to get it all right. If you come by and the lab is at its person limit, you will not be allowed to enter. At first, we will have no time usage limit, but we may go to 90-minute shifts if the demand is there. In addition, we may use a reservation system if high demand does not allow free member access. We will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday-Fri 9 am-noon and the second Saturday of the month 9. am to noon.
Third, we offer this general disclaimer:
“An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By visiting and/or using the photo lab, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Be sure to practice all safety precautions like wearing a mask and washing your hands.”
Although we are doing all we can, there can be no guarantee of a space’s safety and the risk of exposure to COVID-19 will remain no matter what we do. If you have a serious medical condition or are otherwise in a high-risk group, you are advised to wait awhile longer before coming to the lab.
New Photo Lab Procedures
Members are not allowed entry if they are sick or have symptoms of illness (e.g., above average temperature, coughing, sneezing, fatigue). It is up to the member to verify they are healthy. We will be relying on everyone’s cooperation so that we may keep access to our facilities.
We will have our trained monitors in the lab space at all scheduled times. Members are expected to follow the directions of the monitor, including all of the 7 points below. If a member violates these or fails to comply, they will not be allowed to use the lab. (Monitors will be asked to report violators to the board, and not confront people at the lab.) We hope to not have to resort to this.
- We will disable four workstations (unplug the power) to allow social distancing between members. We should still be able to offer all scanning services by doing this.
- We will limit the number of members in the lab to 6 – the monitor and 5 others. This will allow for four workstations in use, and one person able to do print mounting. This satisfies the 50% room occupancy limit as well.
- There will be no mentoring, teaching, assistance or gathering that can violate social distancing (Members will be on their own for “how-to” for now.)
- Surfaces at each workstation are to be wiped down with disinfectant wipes before and after each members’ use, by the member. Members should bring their own wipes as supplies may remain unavailable.
- Everyone using the lab will show their member ID card, and sign in and out so that we have contact tracing ability if needed.
- Face coverings/masks are to be worn at all times – no exceptions. If you choose not to wear one for any personal reason, you cannot use or be in the lab with others. This is not negotiable: no mask, no access. Use of gloves is optional.
- We will have a temperature check as people enter as we now own a “hand-held digital thermometer gun”. If your reading is at or above 100° F, you will be asked to leave for that day.
We will try to get cleaning and sanitizing supplies for member use in the lab, but we must ask members to bring their own at first. If you know a source, let a board member know so we can acquire them.
Self-service printing and mounting will be available. Monitors will collect payment envelopes as in the past. Please be sure to bring cash in the correct amount as there will no change available.
If you are not prepared to honor these guidelines, we respectfully ask that in the interest of our membership you do not come to the lab.
We thank you for your patience in these difficult times. The Photo Club strives to assist all members with positive experiences and we hope to be back to full service as soon as it is safe to do so.