Metalwerx COVID-19 Health and Safety Updates

Metalwerx is working hard to define policies and procedures to keep everyone safe and healthy.  The COVID-19 situation is evolving quickly, and we are doing everything we can to ensure your safety and do the right thing for our community. Our board of directors, staff members, and director are closely following the news and following all recommendations by the board of health. 

​Metalwerx's current plans are listed below. As the situation changes, we will respond accordingly and keep our community informed. 

Metalwerx is following all Massachusetts State Reopening GuidelinesMandatory Safety Standards for Workplace, and taking extra precautions for the safety of students and staff, which are outlined below. 

  • All students will be required to sign a new release and waiver form as well as adhere to policies and procedures put in place.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while at Metalwerx 
  • Masks should cover an individual’s nose, mouth, and chin 
  • Anyone on the premises without a mask will be asked to put one on, or leave Metalwerx 
  • All persons, including staff and students, will remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside the building. 
  • Understand that 6 feet is purely to protect you from the person that is coughing, the person that is sneezing, or the person that is talking to you and the infection that can come from that individual.  
  • Physical partitions of plexiglass have been placed to separate workstations down the center of Metalwerx benches to ensure students are always 6 feet apart while sitting at a workbench. 
  • Everyone who comes into the studio, including students, instructors, and staff, must sign in and out to enable contact tracing, including temporary visitors. 
  • Windows and doors will be kept open and fans placed throughout the studio to increase airflow. The AC will not be turned on, so please dress accordingly.  

Travel Restrictions

As of August 1st, Massachusetts has issued a travel order for visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts. Anyone entering Massachusetts, except from exempt low risk states, are required to comply with the new travel orders or may be fined $500. States exempt from these travel restrictions are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii. As of Friday, August 7th, Rhode Island is no longer considered low risk and no longer exempt. 

  • Visitors must complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are visiting from a lower-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Visitors must quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to arrival in Massachusetts. If COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.

For more information, please visit Mass.gov page on the travel order. 

Capacity 

  • Weekly classes have been scheduled to have an hour between classes to reduce contact between classes and to allow for more air exchange in the studio. Based on air changes per hour at Metalwerx, an hour allows 99% of airborne contaminants to be exchanged 
  • Massachusetts capacity limits for Phase 3 are 8 people per 1000 square feet, which permits 19 people in the Metalwerx facility. However, Metalwerx has set a max class size of 6 people in classes to ensure social distancing is possible while using all tools and equipment comfortably and safely. 
  • Common spaces, including the kitchen and lunch table are closed to avoid people congregating. There will be no shared food-related supplies including dishes, microwave, coffee maker, and kettle.  
  • Metalwerx staff and volunteers onsite will be limited to the office with the door and sliding visitor window closed and are required to wear face covering while outside the office 

Cleaning 

  • The studio will be cleaned daily on days the studio is occupied. We will keep cleaning logs that include date, time, and scope of cleaning.  
  • Hand soap, cleaning solution, and paper towels will be available to promote proper hygiene. Denatured alcohol must be used for all steel tools, equipment, and surfaces. 
  • Frequent handwashing is required. Hand sanitizer is also available in the studio, but must be applied to hands and allowed to dry completely before hands are disinfected. It is also less effective when hands are greasy and oily and hand washing is encouraged over hand sanitizer wherever possible 
  • Bathroom: Students should use a paper towel when touching the door handle and while touching any common surfaces such as the toilet handle. The toilet seat should be closed when flushing. The censored light will go on automatically along with the fan. Bathrooms are not high transmission areas, however it is a small area with a lot of high touch surfaces, so cleaning the bathroom surfaces is vital, as well as leaving the door open whenever it is unoccupied. 
  • Tool use: 
    • Students are expected to wash their hands or use the provided hand sanitizer before touching anything in the studio. 
    • Studio tools must be sanitized by students using them with disinfectant provided (or denatured alcohol if steel) before putting them away at the end of class. Do not leave tools out in common areas. 
  • Student should not come to the studio if: 
    • They have a household member with COVID-19 symptoms. 
    • They may have had exposure to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.  
    • They have traveled in the past 14 days by airplane, bus, or train. Travel increases risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19. 
    • They have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19, according to the CDC:  
      • Fever or chills 
      • Cough 
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
      • Fatigue 
      • Muscle or body aches 
      • Headache 
      • New loss of taste or smell 
      • Sore throat 
      • Congestion or runny nose 
      • Nausea or vomiting 
      • Diarrhea 

Upcoming workshops through the end of July, and All Summer with the Masters classes have been canceled. One day workshops in August and Fall Weeklies are currently still running. 

Open Studio Time: There will be no open studio time offered until further notice.

Withdrawal Options: We encourage you to stay hopeful with us and in your participation in upcoming courses but we also understand current circumstances may change your ability to join us in the near future. We have outlined options below to consider going forward.

Course Credit: Metalwerx operates primarily on the revenue collected for upcoming / future courses and events. If you would be willing to accept a full tuition course credit for your class, it would enable us to continue administrative operations and pay our staff while in the throes of this pandemic. You can keep / use this credit through the end of 2021.​

Refund: It is difficult circumstances like this virus outbreak that can often put a huge financial strain on small arts organizations such as Metalwerx. We understand you may be in a similar situation and can issue a full refund to you upon request.

Donation: We have been fortunate to be asked by members of our community how they can help and support us as we wade through these difficult circumstances. If you are someone who wishes to donate your tuition back to Metalwerx, it would mean the world to us. Your generous contribution would not only allow us to continue paying the people that make Metalwerx work, but would provide us with a little financial security as our organization enters the next chapter of this health predicament. Thank you deeply for your consideration.

We are thinking of you and doing everything we can to maintain operations and a sense of normalcy during this pandemic. We are aware that things may change as this situation evolves. We want to encourage you to reach out to us with any questions you may have and we will be in touch with you if anything changes. Our staff is working from home until our facility is allowed to reopen. Please feel free to call and leave a voicemail at 781-891-3854 or email info@metalwerx.com.

Below are resources for information about COVID-19 that you may find useful.

Center for Disease Control

Mass.Gov

World Health Organization

Stay safe and stay positive, we will get through this together!