February 14: Relaxing Some COVID Protocols

Good morning,

Good news! Thanks to the decrease in case numbers, we are relaxing some of our COVID work protocols.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, February 15, 2022, we will go back to the protocols we had in place last fall, which include:

  • Masks: Regardless of your vaccination status, a face mask must be worn inside a WCRC facility, including garages, restrooms and hallways, whenever an employee or contractor leaves their assigned workspace (office, cubical, vehicle, mechanics’ bay).
  • Social distancing: Social distancing is required for all employees when inside a WCRC facility. Social distancing outside is recommended whenever possible.
  • Kiosk: Time keeping and materials will now be entered by the employee at their assigned station. Social distancing, face covering and sanitization practices must be followed.
  • Vehicle Sharing: Employees are discouraged from sharing vehicles but if it is necessary, face masks must be worn by all occupants.
  • Lobby: Masks will be required for all visitors to the lobby and the plexiglass guards will remain in place at the staff desks facing the lobby.
  • Main Yard and SESC Shop: Access to the shops and stockroom continues to be restricted to supervisors.
  • Meetings: In-person, indoor meetings are allowed but only when at least 6 ft of social distancing can be maintained, and masks must be worn by all attendees.
  • Employees exposed to COVID or having symptoms: If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19 or have had “close contact” with a COVID-19 positive person, do not report to work. Contact your supervisor and Nicole Peterson, (734) 255-0818, immediately for further instruction.

Last Friday, Washtenaw County Health Department (WCHD) announced an end to its school masking requirements, effective February 28. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we are waiting on additional guidance from WCHD for workplaces and our insurance pool, MCRCSIP, regarding our remaining protocols.

I know we are all very tired of this pandemic and I’m hopeful that the current case numbers signal that we are nearing the end of this ordeal. I appreciate all your efforts to keep each other safe, hopefully we will have more good news to share soon!

Please let me or Nicole know if you have any questions.

Take care and stay safe,