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WORKSPACE IN THE COVID-19 ERA:

Workspaces must adapt to the new realities of the COVID-19 era. Reduced density, protective shields, increased hygiene measures and health-oriented entry screening are now necessary and expected. As we re-imagine Temescal Works, we're focused on one thing — your peace of mind. Changes we're making and others we're investigating will be made available on our website in the coming days.

Ready for the Next Normal in the COVID-19 Era

Post-Shelter in Place

As physical distancing restrictions ease, we have reimagined Temescal Works. We’re meeting all the requirements for the COVID-19 era as they develop, and some things we’ve gone the extra mile to welcome you back with added peace of mind.

Temescal Works follows these Social Distancing Protocols per the Alameda County Health Officer. All the measures we are adopting are described below. We will have dedicated staff to administer entry protocols, manage flow of occupancy, and answer questions.

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Entry Protocols

  • Minimum 6’ distance between people waiting to enter the building.
  • Mask required to enter.
  • Temperature check of everyone entering with a simple, no-touch thermometer. If over 100.4°F, you will be asked to postpone your visit.
  • Symptom check required. If you have had any of the following symptoms in the previous 14 days, or been in contact with someone who has, you will be asked to postpone your visit:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

If you pass the screening, you will be given a colored sticker of the day that shows proof of having been screened that day. We are working to make an app available in order to streamline the process.

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Air Quality

  • All enclosed spaces equipped with circulating air purifier with True HEPA filter and internal UV light. 3 Levels of Purification:
    • UV sterilization: Exposing bacteria, viruses and protozoa to UV light renders them incapable of reproducing and infecting. 
    • True HEPA filter: Captures particulate matter down to 0.3 microns.
    • Activated carbon: Removes certain gases and odors from the air.
  • Upgraded HVAC filters (MERV-13)
  • Air extraction system that draws fresh air in and exhausts it through the roof. In the COVID-19 era we plan to use this system to keep good natural air flow through our space except when the weather makes it impractical to keep windows and the garage door open.
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New Behaviors

  • Masks required in all common areas, including kitchen, restrooms, and along paths of travel. If you forget your mask, one will be provided.
  • Temescal Works team members will wear masks.
  • Maintain a minimum 6’ distance from others, wherever possible.
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow.
  • No hand shaking or engaging in unnecessary physical contact.
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Design Modifications

  • 6’ wide pathways throughout the space. Most pathways will be in a single direction.
  • Visual cues (signage and markings) to encourage physical distancing and safe practices.
  • Dedicated desk seats spaced 6’ apart.
  • Staggered seats at drop-in workstations to create 6’ of separation.
  • Front and side dividers at all workstations for added peace of mind.
  • Fewer dedicated desks and drop-in workstations.
  • Fewer seats in meeting rooms and common areas.
  • Improved filtration in the HVAC system.
  • Circulating air purifier with HEPA filter and internal UV light provided in all phone pods, offices and meeting rooms.
  • Touchless faucets and soap dispensers in restrooms.
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Disinfecting & Hygiene

  • Common areas and frequently touched surfaces disinfected regularly throughout the workday.
  • Meeting room tables, chairs, remote controls and whiteboard accessories disinfected after each meeting.
  • Enhanced overnight disinfection by contracted cleaning crew.
  • Disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizers in all common areas.
  • Tissue dispensers at public doors to avoid touching door handles.
  • Disposable workstation placemats available.
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Kitchen

  • Use of kitchen is limited to one person at a time.
  • Washable mugs, dishes and cutlery are available.
  • Single-use compostable cups, plates and utensils also available.
  • Refrigerator is available for use, but no overnight storage. Food brought in your own cooler is strongly encouraged.
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Meeting Rooms

  • Density has been reduced so attendees can sit 6’ apart.
  • Each meeting room equipped with circulating air purifier with True HEPA filter and internal UV light.
  • Tables, chairs, remote controls and whiteboard accessories are disinfected after each meeting.
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Private Phone Booths

  • Equipped with circulating air purifier with True HEPA filter and internal UV light.
  • Disinfectant supplies are available for use in each booth.
  • Staff disinfect booths on a regular schedule throughout the day.

Frequently Asked Questions in the COVID-19 Era

Is there a screening process for entry?

Every member, guest or meeting room attendee must have their temperature taken and symptoms checked. Unless the screening gives an “all clear”, you will be asked to postpone your visit.

Do I have to answer the symptom check questions each time I enter the building? 

No.  Members will be asked to sign the COVID-19 Addendum to the Membership Agreement before re-entering the building post Shelter-in-Place.  Your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions include:

YOUR SYMPTOM-FREE ASSURANCE:  Each time you enter the building, have your temperature checked and pass the screening desk, you assure  that you have not, in the last 14 days, had or been in contact with someone who has had any of the symptoms.  If you cannot make this assurance, we will ask you to postpone your visit to Temescal Works.

Do I have to wear a mask?

Masks must be worn in common areas, including kitchen, restrooms, and along paths of travel. Members/users in workstations or desks with dividers, or in private offices, may use masks in accordance with their own comfort level.

What safety measures are in effect?

We have de-densified the workspace and setup physical dividers, enhanced cleaning measures, provided disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers in all common areas, and established guidelines for safe practices.

How is the air quality?

Fresh air is an important deterrent to COVID-19. To take maximum advantage of Oakland’s ideal climate, Temescal Works has installed an air extraction system that draws fresh air in and exhausts it through the roof. In the COVID-19 era we plan to use this system to keep good natural air flow through our space except when the weather makes it impractical to open windows and the garage door.

What kind of precautions are taken in meeting rooms?

Each meeting room has a circulating air purifier system with True HEPA filter and internal UV light. Density has been reduced so attendees can sit 6’ apart. Tables, chairs, remote controls and whiteboard accessories are disinfected after each meeting.

What kind of precautions are taken in private phone booths?

Each booth equipped with circulating air purifier with True HEPA filter and internal UV light. Disinfectant supplies are available for use in each booth, and staff disinfect booths on a regular schedule throughout the day.

Is there coffee service?

Yes! Coffee servers and creamers will be made available by staff.

Are dishes and utensils provided?

Yes! Washable mugs, dishes and cutlery are available. Single-use compostable cups, plates and utensils also available.

Is there a refrigerator I can use?

Yes, but there is no overnight storage. We strongly encourage members and visitors to bring food in your own cooler.

Is there a common dining area?

Unfortunately not at this time. In order to maintain physical distancing, some kitchen amenities, such as coffee service, have now been moved to the dining area, and dining table and chairs removed.

Are you providing COVID-19 tests?

At present there are not enough tests to even meet the needs of first responders and critical clusters of vulnerable people, so Temescal Works doesn’t have access to tests. We can provide a list of nearby locations where tests are available. As more testing capacity becomes available, and tests become available that don’t require sophisticated training or equipment, we may be able to offer tests for our members.

Are you participating in COVID-19 contact tracing?

Counties are just beginning to build up their capacity to trace people who have been in contact with or close to people who are found to have COVID-19. As more becomes known about the contact tracing program in Alameda County, Temescal Works will evaluate whether there is a useful role we can provide.