14 April 2020 at 3:33 pm #2404JEMSParticipant
When sheds are given the all clear to reopen do we all rush back as if nothing has happened or do we take a more cautious approach?
Perhaps the Government may require a controlled reopening of community associations and if this applies to sheds then how do we go about it? Before we arrive at this point is it time to plan some (return to work) strategies?
For sheds with a small membership and plenty of space this may not be an issue but many sheds have large memberships with limited workshop and socialising spaces. I can imagine that when sheds reopen members who have missed their mates and the activities they were involved in will be rushing back and that there could easily be more members attending than usual.
Could sheds the are only open 2 or 3 days a week consider opening for an additional day? I know this may require changes to shed supervisors days of attendance but it may also open up options for members. Many members have their preferred day(s) allocated for the shed and an additional day may not suit but give them an alternative.
Could an attendance roster be prepared? More work for the committee but now is the time to plan.
Could a rolling roster be developed so that not everyone attends on the same day of the week? Think how cycle racers roll to the back of the team after their time on the front expires, could this be arranged for attendances?
These ideas will need planning, and explaining to members, but given the age of most shed members their thoughts should be on looking after their health and the health of this around them.
I’m sure there are other ideas out there in shed land and what could work for one may not work for another.14 April 2020 at 4:04 pm #2405
Hi, JEMS… There some good thoughts there. I would say that the pollies are not going to give us the all-clear until they think it is safe enough for these services to restart.
Because we are in constant touch with our members, we know if any of them will return to the shed with any issues.
I have listed some thoughts about how the return to the shed could be managed;
1. Start back with a celebratory B.B.Q.
2. Hold a ‘Toolbox Meeting’ to discuss how the shed should get back to normal.
3. Because of the length of time, the shed has been closed, get the members to fill out a new details form. When we were gathering information together for our ‘staying in contact with the members’ We found that so many of them have changed their details in one way or another… Moved address, new telephone number, cancelled their email addresses and so on.
4. Organise a big cleanup as we walked out of the shed before this could happen.
I am sure that more ideas will come as people read your post.14 April 2020 at 5:10 pm #2407JEMSParticipant
Great suggestions Dave.
Now the list of ideas has been added to and I’m sure there will be plenty more to come.28 April 2020 at 8:05 am #2482Rip WoodchipParticipant
I reckon a steady as she goes approach will be the way. Something similar to to local shops with a limited number per square metre allowed in at a time (maybe have to book in?) and spacing marks on the floor to keep everyone conscious of maintaining a safe distance- initially anyways?14 May 2020 at 12:21 pm #2597
G’Day Rip… Steady as she goes sounds like the right way to go.
Our shed, Willo’s, is holding a committee meeting next week to discuss our re-entry into the shed when the restrictions have widened to allow us to do so. Below are some of the things we are going to discuss. No doubt, there will be more ideas added as we work out our return plan. Keep in mind, most of these ideas have come from the members themselves.
1. You could issue a roster with a committee member or two and 8 or 9 shedders. The Willo’s Shedders can get back together slowly in that way.
Or even ask people if they would like to be on that roster. Probably some would have underlying health issues, or feel the need to be cautious with this horrible virus, and might decide to stay away for now. Anyway, giving them the power to decide for themselves if they would like to be on such a roster would ensure that they know we are thinking of them.
2. Another member from a phone call, which I forgot his name right now. He suggested we could split the days in two and have 10 in the morning and 10 in the afternoon. This would allow 60 people each week to re-enter the shed. Someone else suggested 10 in the wood shop and 10 in the metal shop… unsure if this will be allowed.
3. Someone else suggested opening every day of the week and roster each member for that day and we could cover just about everyone. The committee would need to split up so that we have all days covered with a committee member there.
4. One thing to take into consideration also, the boys (at-risk youth program) may not be released from school for half a day to attend the shed. It may be appropriate to allow them to resume back at the shed under the same guidelines prior to Covid 19 restrictions being put in place.
5. We would need to consider social distancing during lunchtime. The lunchroom would make this difficult unless we removed some chairs and left gaps between each other. We could also set up the tables we use for our displays and space chairs around them.
6. we also need to consider the members who have medical issues with low immune systems. They would need a place where they could gather under social isolation guidelines. That could be chairs set up in the music/computer area.
7. Whatever we come up with, we would need to write it down and give each member a copy so they are aware of their obligations for re-entering the shed.
8. To contact the members, we may need to phone/message them with the plan of opening the shed and the restrictions and guidelines the committee has put in place. They would need to reply back to an SMS message to indicate they have received it.20 May 2020 at 11:45 am #2601
G’day all… Well, we had our committee meeting yesterday and the points from post 2597… above this one, were put forward. With a few modifications and some new additions, it looks like we have our return to the shed guidelines ready for our members to read and accept.
Yes, your have read that right, we want them to read and accept them by signing the guidelines. It is more to make them realise that it is important to have these guidelines and to be aware of each other once we are back.
Some of the other things that were raised are; Temperature being taken on entry, Put government app on their phones, sanitize their hands before signing in/out, one member per bench, bring their own eating and drinking utensils… take them home each day, tidy up their mess and put your project away at the end of the day and no handshaking until the virus is out of the way and it is safe to do so.
We will send each member a message to say what day they can start back so that we meet all government guidelines. This way we can control the number of members returning to the shed.
The first day they arrive back at the shed, they will be met by a committee member and given a copy of the guidelines to read and sign before they do anything else.
On the news last night, they announced that in the next stage of lifting the restrictions, 20 people can meet together now. This will make it much easier to implement our return to the shed.
My guess is, for Willo’s Men’s Shed, this will happen sometime after the June long weekend.
Well, I hope your return to the shed will happen soon and everything goes smoothly for you.1 June 2020 at 9:42 am #2628
G’day all… We have made one change to our re-entry guidelines. After we had some time to think about it, we decided to drop the part where they sign to say they have read the guidelines. We realised afterwards that we were referring to marking their names off when they receive a copy of the guidelines. This is so we have reached everyone and then they can’t say ‘I didn’t know about that’
We also have another committee meeting in a couple of days, this will be revolving around a couple of things that need to happen before we re-enter;
1. Set up tables and chairs to be in line with social isolation guides set by the government.
2. Draw up a list of work that the guys can work on if they have nothing to do.
3. Until all restrictions have been lifted, we need to make a roster of which days the members can attend.
I am sure more will crop up as we sit and meet.3 June 2020 at 7:53 am #2632
G’day all… I phoned the COVID hotline yesterday and put our scenario to them about returning to the men’s shed. After 10 minutes, the guy led me to a page and suggested we fill out a ‘COVID Safe Plan’ to be on the safe side.
Admittedly, this is a South Australian Government requirement, but I believe other states would have something very similar. The guy went on to explain, if you don’t fill out the plan, you could get a visit from the authorities and incur a $5,000 fine.
I suggest you look at the information in the link and follow up in your state to see if you have the same requirement. Other countries also might have something similar.4 June 2020 at 8:51 am #2642
G’day all… Well, we held our meeting yesterday and we all walked away with a satisfied feeling that we are on the way back. We started setting up the areas in readiness for social isolation distancing and went on to fill out the COVID Safe Plan.
We measured all areas that would see the members working in or relaxing and it turns out that all 3 areas are 9m x 15m. The outside paved area is slightly larger at 20m x 20m.
Armed with this information, we set about filling out the online form. We typed into the area calculator 9m x 15m and it returned the number of members allowed in that area… 20. We did the same for the rest and it turns out we can re-start with 80 members plus staff.
We still need to finish setting up for the distancing rules set by the government, so we have one more committee meeting that will see this completed. Then we will start to contact the members with the good news.
Below are the guidelines for our members to follow when they return.
Our return to the shed comes at a price. The committee asks that you follow and respect the guidelines outlined below;
1. If you are unwell with any of the COVID 19 symptoms, please stay home.
2. A committee member will be present to take your temperature prior to signing in.
3. When entering the shed… after temperature check, please sanitise your hands before using the pen to sign in and sign out. A sanitiser bottle will be provided.
4. The lunchroom will be restricted to making coffee/tea and washing your dishes.
5. Please supply your own cup, plate, cutlery, etc. Take them home after each visit.
6. We suggest that you have the Government Tracking app installed on your phone.
7. We ask that you respect other members when it comes to social distancing, which means no handshaking as well..
8. One member/plus helper to each bench. You must put away your project and clean the bench you were working on prior to finishing for the day. This allows the next lot of members a clean bench to work on.
9. You may be asked to follow a roster when it comes to your attendance.
You will each receive a copy of the guidelines on your first visit back to the shed.30 July 2020 at 3:30 pm #11193MartinDuParticipant
thanks for contributors to this topic…… pity we have ended up with 2 similar topics ……. How this happened is probably a topic that appear elsewhere……30 July 2020 at 4:26 pm #11205
G’day MartinDu… My guess is, we are all old codgers and not used to forums such as this. When we have something to say, we just post it in the forum that looks right without checking to see if there is a better place for our post. Some members have included links to other posts to help correct this.
Also, the administrators are busy with running the Men’s Shed Association that they may not have hands-on posts like in other forums.
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