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New COVID-19 policies at CNWX

updated COVID-19 policies

The Collective NWX is open and following Oregon Phase 2 guidelines (effective 6/30/20)

As we continue to operate in a COVID environment, The Collective NWX is closely following the Governor’s guidelines. Our 5,500 square feet is large enough to comply with distancing and capacity requirements, however The Collective NWX has implemented new COVID-19 policies.

NEW! Face Covering Policy

Face coverings ARE currently required in the CNWX workspace for all members and visitors. Guidance from the Governor on June 29, 2020 requires face coverings when in indoor public spaces. Medical exemptions and accommodations are allowed. We understand this can present issues for members who are regularly on voice or video calls, so:

  1. Please wear your face covering when entering and exiting the building, elevator and stairwell.
  2. Please wear your face covering when walking around the community space.
  3. Feel free to remove your face covering when you are in your private workspace to perform essential work, such as voice and video calls; eating/drinking in the cafe space; using the private phone booths; or outside on the deck.
  4. We have adequate space in the CNWX office to achieve social distancing, but if you are in a situation where you can’t achieve six feet, we ask you put on a mask.

All members and visitors are required to sign in and out of the workspace each day. 

This is an important step for us to understand who is in the workspace, should there be a need for contact tracing. Signing in/out is super easy:

Download Passport by Nexudus app (iTunes or GooglePlay) and wave it by the reception desk iPad, or Use your five digit member code, located in your member account

Desks and chairs have been moved to allow for 6 feet of physical distance. If you are sitting at the large community tables, please sit diagonal from your fellow members across the table. Meetings have been limited to ten or less people, and we encourage using the conference phone for additional participants. Special events with over 50 people have been cancelled or postponed until we enter future phases of re-opening.

Use of the CNWX cafe is allowed with some modifications:

  1. Wash your hands before and after using the cafe space. This includes pouring coffee, using the microwaves and opening the fridge. This will help prevent the spread of germs and keep our shared workspace safe and clean.
  2. Please use a new cup or glass for every beverage. We know this means more dishes to wash, but it also helps to avoid transmission of germs during re-fills. If you choose to use your own coffee mug or water bottle, please give it a quick wipe down in between uses.
  3. The kombucha and beers tap will be closed during the day. However we invite all members for our daily happy hours from 3:30-5pm where CNWX staff will pour for you. 
  4. Please leave your glasses and dishes in the sink. A CNWX staff member will safely load the dishwasher limiting the amount of touch points to the dishwasher and sink.

General Guidelines for CNWX Members and Visitors

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick or have symptoms
  • If you become symptomatic (cough, fever, shortness of breath), please self-isolate immediately, contact your health care provider for testing and alert CNWX for contract tracing protocols.
  • Practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing, covering coughs/sneezes with your elbow or a tissue, and avoiding touch your face.
  • Be mindful of social distancing with your fellow CNWX members and visitors.

Thank you for everything you are doing to keep our community safe and healthy!

~Sara & Kent

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Re-opening the workspace, Phase 1

Re-opening the workspace in Oregon

We are tremendously excited to announce that we will officially be re-opening the workspace the week of Monday, May 11th. As you know, we have not taken the decision to close the office lightly, and as such we are proceeding with re-opening with the same cautious optimism. 

We’ve been actively participating in the Governor’s Regional COVID Recovery Team, and helping to shape the guidelines that will guide us into Phase One of Re-opening Oregon.

Details on how Oregon is approaching it’s re-opening plan, including industry sector timelines for restaurants, retail stores, personal services, child care and summer camps. It’s a little less than 10 minutes and very informative.

COVID-19 Re-Opening Policies

Our 5,500 square foot office space is large enough to comply with social distancing and capacity requirements, however we have implemented several new policies for Phase One of the re-opening. 

Phase One Policies (effective 5/11/20)

All members and visitors are required to sign in and out of the workspace each day. This is an important step for us to understand who is in the workspace, should there be a need for contact tracing.

Desks and chairs have been moved to allow for 6 feet of physical distance. If you are sitting at the large community tables, please sit diagonal from your fellow members across the table. 

Meetings have been limited to ten or less people, and we encourage using the conference phone for additional participants. 

Special events with over 25 people have been cancelled or postponed until we enter Phase Two

Use of the CNWX cafe is allowed with some modifications, including:

  • Wash your hands before and after using the cafe space, including pouring coffee, using the microwaves and opening the fridge. This will help prevent the spread of germs and keep our shared workspace safe and clean.
  • Please use a new cup or glass for every beverage. We know this means more dishes to wash, but it also helps to avoid transmission of germs during re-fills. If you choose to use your own coffee mug or water bottle, please give it a quick wipe down in between uses.
  • The beer and kombucha taps will be closed during the day, however we invite all members for our daily happy hours from 3:30-5pm where CNWX staff will pour for you.
  • Please leave your glasses and dishes in the sink and CNWX staff will safely load the dishwasher. 

Face coverings are not currently required in the CNWX workspace. Guidance from the Governor’s Reopening Oregon plan strongly recommends face coverings when in public spaces, however we understand the challenges this presents to our members’ work. Face coverings are required for guests and visitors to CNWX until they are settled in a meeting room or outside space. CNWX has a small supply of masks on hand. 

All shared workspaces and commonly used surfaces will be cleaned daily, with additional attention for the cafe space, door handles and other shared surfaces. A supply of cleaning supplies is available in the cafe space for members to use in their personal workspaces (desk/offices) or as needed. 

General Guidelines for CNWX Members and Visitors

  1. Stay home if you are feeling sick or have symptoms
  2. If you become symptomatic (cough, fever, shortness of breath), please self-isolate immediately, contact your health care provider for testing and alert CNWX for contract tracing protocols. 
  3. Practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing, covering coughs/sneezes with your elbow or a tissue, and avoiding touch your face.
  4. Be mindful of social distancing with your fellow CNWX members and visitors. 

Thank you for everything you are doing to keep our community safe and healthy.
We can’t wait to see you again soon!

Be well,

Sara & Kent

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Navigating Covid-19

Navigating Covid-19. Stay Home. Save Lives.

As of March 23, The Collective NWX is closed to the public. 

The current outbreak in Deschutes County apprears to be small and well contained however Governor Brown issued a new Executive Order prohibiting the operation of many non-essential businesses. We are doing our part navigating Covid-19 and while coworking offices are not explicitly called out in the order, there is language regarding remote work:

Page 5, section 9 – “Work in offices is prohibited whenever telework and work at home options are available in light of position duties, availability of teleworking equipment and network adequacy.”  Section 11 goes on to say ” Businesses and nonprofits that fail to comply with paragraphs 9 and 10 will be closed until they demonstrate compliance.”

Understanding the implications for both our business and the community’s health, we are interpreting this as an order to close the public operations of The Collective NWX office effective immediately. This is a difficult, yet important measure that we hope will be a short term solution to stem the tide of this epidemic. 

We are in the midst of a unique situation where the very nature of how people work is changing daily (sometimes even by the hour). We are committed to providing a clean and safe environment for all CNWX members and feel that the following the state guidelines to close to the public is the best course of action.

Thank you for your continued support of CNWX. We are extremely grateful for all of our members in this uncertain and difficult time and we sincerely hope that we will see your smiling faces again in the very near future.

Be well,
Kent and Sara Odendahl