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Planning To Reopen - Phase 2 Preparations

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

As we anticipate the transition into Phase 2 of Governor Charlie Baker's plan to re-open the Commonwealth we have compiled an updated list of enterprises that may receive the "green light" to once again open their doors for business. Regardless of Governor Baker's decision to move forward it is important to note that business must meet each of the following criteria first;

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

According to COVID-19 Order No. 35 all Phase II, III, and IV enterprises will be required to comply with general and, where applicable, sector-specific COVID-19 workplace safety rules administered by DPL, DPH, and local boards of health.  Workplace safety rules will include a variety of mandatory context-specific COVID-19 safety measures such as occupancy limitations, operational modifications, social distancing rules, and specialized cleaning requirements.

(IMPORTANT: this list is not complete and it is regularly updated by state and local municipalities. Its intended purpose is to serve only as a helpful reference.)

Phase 2 enterprises that meet all of the aforementioned criteria specified above, in any COVID-19 Order and including:

  • Retail Stores including stores in enclosed shopping malls
  • Restaurants providing seated food service prepared on-site and under retail food permits issued by municipal authorities pursuant to 105 CMR 590.000, including beer gardens/wineries/distilleries meeting these criteria
  • Hotels, motels, inns, and other short-term lodgings (no events, functions, or meetings)
  • Limited organized youth and adult amateur sports activities and programs—no contact and no games or scrimmages, and indoor facilities limited to youth programs
  • Professional sports practice and training programs--no inter-team games and no admission for the public
  • Personal Services provided at a fixed place of business or at a client location
    • Step 1: Services involving no close personal contact (photography, window washers, individual tutoring, home cleaning, etc.)
    • Step 2: Services involving close personal contact (massage, nail salons, personal training for individuals or no more than 2 persons from same household, etc.)
  • Non-athletic instructional classes in arts/education/life skills for youths under 18 years of age in groups of fewer than 10
  • Driving schools and flight schools
  • Outdoor historical spaces—no functions or gatherings and no guided tours
  • Funeral homes—increased capacity to permit 40% occupancy for one service at a time within the facility
  • Warehouses and distribution centers
  • Golf facilities including outdoor driving ranges
  • Other outdoor recreational facilities
    • pools, playgrounds and spray decks
    • mini golf, go karts, batting cages, climbing walls, ropes courses
  • Post-Secondary/Higher Ed/Vocational-Tech/Trade/Occupational Schools
    • for the limited purposes of permitting students to complete a degree, program, or prerequisite for employment, or other similar requirement for completion, for summer youth programming including athletic facilities, and any necessary supporting services
  • Day Camps including sports and arts camps
  • Public libraries

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Phase 2

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Yesterday at his press conference, Governor Charlie Baker, whent into greater detail regarding the next Phases of his plan. He provided a detailed list of businesses and activities that fall into Phases II, III, and IV of the Commonwealth’s Re-Opening Plan. The Order permits all Phase II enterprises, including retail, to begin preparations to safely resume operation in advance of the start of the second phase.  In addition to the retail sector, the Executive Order details further requirements for the safe resumption of amateur youth and adult sports and outdoor dining. The Governor will continue to review public health trend data this week prior to making his announcement on June 6th as to exactly when Phase 2 will begin. Presently, the earliest possible date the Commonwealth will transition into Phase 2 is June 8th. 

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).


Effective immediately, the Executive Order permits Phase II businesses to reopen their physical workplaces to workers only to conduct necessary preparations prior to the start of Phase II.  Preparations include but are not limited to completing a COVID-19 Control Plan, implementing sector-specific protocols, and complying with Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards. 

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Beaches

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

We all have a collective responsibility to ensure that when we do choose to out we do so with the safety of ourselves and others around us. Remaining vigilant, following public health directives and using common sense to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth is the best way to mitigate against the potential spread of COVID-19.

The state of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) has provided guidelines that apply to beaches during Phase 1 of the Commonwealth’s Reopening. The following are safety and re-opening standards for the use of coastal and inland beaches in the Commonwealth for Phase 1 of the Commonwealth’s Reopening. All beach visitors should adopt these specific guidelines. Additional property specific guidelines may also be posted at entrance points to beach areas and on relevant social media/websites. 

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

All beach visitors over the age of 2, whether indoors or outdoors, should wear a face covering or mask when they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others, unless they have a medical condition preventing them from doing so. Masks are not required to be worn while swimming. No groups larger than 10 are allowed to gather on shore or in the water.

To allow for adequate social distancing for ingress, egress, and transit across the beach, beach capacity should be managed to accommodate a minimum of 12 ft distance between toweling/beach blanket groups. There will be limits on parking lot capacity to accommodate adequate social distancing based on an assessment by the beach manager. There should be no loitering, tailgating or any other social activities in parking lots.

Picnic areas should be closed if social distancing cannot be maintained and sanitization cannot be performed between use.

When Visiting Beaches

  • Visitors are required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet or more at all times and visitors should maintain at least 12 ft minimum distance between toweling/beach blanket areas.
  • Organized games should not be allowed including, but not limited to, volleyball, Kan Jam, spikeball, football, soccer, Kadima, and bocce.
  • Visitors shall abide by social distancing standards for bathroom lines and follow any established visual guidelines for maintaining a 6’ distance in all restroom facilities.
  • Visitors shall keep a minimum distance of 6 feet from lifeguards and between the public and lifeguard stands unless in the case of an emergency.
  • Indoor shower facilities and changing facilities will remain closed in Phase 1. 
  • Water fountains and water refill stations will remain closed in Phase 1.
  • Trash disposal at beaches is available to the discretion of the city or town it is located in and/or the managing organization.
  • Visitors of beaches should expect limited or no trash disposal receptacles.
  • When visiting beaches without trash receptacles, visitors should adhere to a strict “carry in, carry out” policy and take waste with them.
  • Shuttle services to the beach are closed in Phase 1.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Mountain Biking and Cycling

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

As we head into the summer months and the weather continues to warm it will become increasingly enticing to break free from the confines of our homes and venture into the great outdoors! However, the unfortunately reality is that until a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 is available, life will not return to normal. We each have a collective responsibility to ensure that when we do choose to out we do so with the safety of ourselves and others around us. Remaining vigilant, following public health directives and using common sense to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth is the best way to mitigate against the potential spread of COVID-19.

The state of Massachusetts has provided guidelines to follow as we once again explore the outside world. 

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) has provided guidelines that apply to mountain biking and trail cycling at parks, forests, and outdoor recreational centers during Phase 1 of the Commonwealth’s Reopening.

Individuals partaking in mountain biking and trail cycling at parks, forest, and outdoor facilities should comply with assemblage guidance, wear face covering where social distancing is not possible, and adhere to any property-specific guidance. Any person over the age of 2, whether indoors or outdoors, to wear a face covering or mask when they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others, unless they have a medical condition preventing them from doing so. No groups larger than 10 are allowed to gather or cycle together.

When driving to a location with your bicycle in tow follow the lot user capacity and restrictions determined by land manager and the local municipality. 

  • Lingering in parking areas is prohibited.
  • Parking outside of designated assigned parking is discouraged (i.e., parking along a roadway instead of the parking lot) unless it facilitates social distancing in order to provide access to the open space where otherwise designated parking is not available and is legal to do so.
  • Illegally parked cars will be ticketed and may be towed.
  • Ridesharing/carpooling to outdoor recreational activities with out-of-household members is strongly discouraged.

While mountain biking or cycling cyclists should;

  • practice social distancing at all times based upon recommendation of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the CDC. 
  • Cyclists should ride only in groups from the same household, and groups should be no larger than 10 people
  • Cyclists should not gather in groups or loiter at any time.
  • When encountering other trail users, cyclists should maintain recommended social distancing by stopping and moving off the trail as to maintain proper distance. If unable to do so, cyclists should wear appropriate face covering. 
  • Cyclists should be prepared with a face covering or mask where social distancing cannot be achieved. 
  • Cyclists must consider the likelihood of being attended to by an emergency or essential worker due to injury or an unforeseen circumstance.  
  • Gatherings such as sanctioned group rides, sanctioned trail work, or races should be prohibited until such time as social distancing protocols have been lifted by the MDPH or guidelines have been placed on approved gathering size.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Parks, Open Space, Outdoor Education Programs

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

As we head into the summer months and the weather continues to warm it will become increasingly enticing to break free from the confines of our homes and venture into the great outdoors! However, the unfortunately reality is that until a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 is available, life will not return to normal. We each have a collective responsibility to ensure that when we do choose to out we do so with the safety of ourselves and others around us. Remaining vigilant, following public health directives and using common sense to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth is the best way to mitigate against the potential spread of COVID-19.

The state of Massachusetts has provided guidelines to follow as we once again explore the outside world. 

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) has provided guidelines to follow for all visitors to parks and any open spaces. According to the Massachusetts EOEEA all visitors over the age of 2 to parks and open space, as well as those participating in outdoor education programs should wear a face covering or mask when they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance between themselves and others. Groups larger than 10 are not allowed to gather together. Allowable activities in parks and open spaces and other designated areas such as rail trails, multi-use paths, and bike paths are;

  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Running 
  • Yoga, Tai Chi, etc.

Visitors should always practice CDC social distancing standards by remaining 6 feet away from others as well as  adhering to all site-specific rules, regulations, and posted signage regarding permitted uses. When on trails, walker and hikers should move aside and leave room for others to pass, and cyclists and runners should alert other users when approaching and wait for others to step aside before passing. Remember to always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after visiting public spaces.

Athletic fields and athletic courts can be utilized only for non-contact sports, with no shared equipment. Visitors should not engage in any type of pick-up games, organized games or tournaments.

Athletic Fields Guidelines:

  • Users should sanitize hands before and after play, not share equipment, and clean and wipe down equipment.
  • When engaged in play, users should avoid touching other users’ equipment in separate areas.
  • Users waiting to utilize a section or area of the field should wait outside the field of play until previous users have vacated the facility to ensure proper social distancing and prevent accidental contact of other users’ equipment.

Athletic Courts (Non-Contact) Guidelines:

  • Users should sanitize hands before and after play, not share equipment and clean and wipe down equipment, including racquets, balls, and water bottles.
  • Users waiting to utilize a court should wait outside the court’s gates/fence until previous users have vacated the facility to ensure proper social distancing and prevent accidental contact of other users’ equipment.

Picnic Areas and Grills

Picnic and grill areas should be closed if social distancing cannot be maintained and sanitizing protocols cannot be performed between use.

The availability of trash disposal receptacles and restrooms facilities will be at the discretion of local municipalities. As such, visitors of public parks, reservations, and open spaces should expect limited or no trash disposal receptacles. When visiting public properties without trash receptacles, visitors should adhere to a strict “carry in, carry out” policy and take waste with them. When access to public restrooms has been granted users should abide by CDC social distancing standards for bathroom lines and follow any established visual guidelines for maintaining a 6 ft distance in all restroom facilities. Users must wash or sanitize their hands when finished.

Dog Walking

When permissible dog walkers should adhere to the following guidelines.

  • All dog walkers and their dogs should practice social distancing, and users should provide appropriate space for others and/or their dogs to pass when necessary.
  • Social distancing for dogs means that dogs not part of the same household should be kept at least six feet apart and avoid interacting with other dogs and other people from separate households. 
  • Dog walkers should not share toys, treats, or other materials with dogs that are not within the same household.
  • Dog walkers should supply their own bags associated with dog waste in the event there are none available on site and remove dog and other waste and dispose of it either in a designated receptacle onsite or at another appropriate location.
  • Dog walkers should supply their own water and other needs for their pets in the event there are none available onsite.
  • All users of dog parks and their dogs should practice social distancing of at least six or more feet.
  • All visitors of dog parks should maintain enough control over their pets via leash or voice control to comply with social distancing guidelines and site-specific rules and regulations.
  • Dog park amenities, including shared water dishes, toys, and other materials, should not be used by dogs or handled by visitors.
  • Visitors of dog parks should supply their own bags associated with dog waste in the event there are none available onsite and take dog waste with them if designated trash receptacles are not available for normal use. 

Community Gardens

Those who choose to visit community gardens should, in addition to following social distancing guidelines,  avoid utilizing communal tools, hoses, and other equipment, and avoid the sharing of personal equipment whenever possible. Additionally, users are responsible for sanitizing items before and after each use. When social distancing guideline can not be followed visitors should only visit and utilize plots with members of their same household. 

Organized Educational Programs

Organized educational programs, activities and outdoor public art installations may occur in outdoor spaces during Phase 1 only if the program does not require individual participants to share equipment or make physical contact in order to engage in the activity, subject to the following guidelines.

  • To allow for adequate social distancing for the activity, as well as ingress and egress, the layout of the class should be managed to accommodate a minimum of 12 ft distance between each individual activity station.
  • Facial coverings are required, and instructor and participants must always comply with all social distancing requirements and remain 6 ft apart. Programs must be conducted without shared equipment, tools or materials
  • Activities must be limited to gatherings of no more than 10, including instructor or leader.
  • Organizers must use a pre-registration process to ensure group size.
  • Instructors must be familiar with all protocols and procedures to maintain a safe activity, e.g. monitoring physical distancing, not allowing participants without facial coverings, disinfecting tables before and after use in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Temporary signage will be posted to inform the public of public health guidelines and standards of behavior during program
  • If using outdoor displays or tables when possible add protective barriers and disinfect before and after use.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Standards To Be Met

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

We are in the middle of week two of Phase 1 of Governor Baker's plan to reopen the state of Massachusetts for businesses. If you have any uncertainty as to when your business is cleared to reopen visit the state of Massachusetts list of businesses and industries. Keep in mind that the list is not an exhaustive list of all possible businesses that can open in each phase; and it may be updated from time to time. Remember, in order to reopen, business must meet the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the COVID-19 Command Center's new Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards in consultation with the Reopening Advisory Board. These new standards will apply universally to all workplaces that are open in Phase 1, and are designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission to employees and customers during the first phase of reopening, and are applicable to all sectors and industries. The following is an overview of;

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

Social Distancing

  • All persons, including employees, customers, and vendors should remain at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible, both inside and outside workplaces
  • Establish protocols to ensure that employees can practice adequate social distancing
  • Provide signage for safe social distancing
  • Require face coverings or masks for all employees

Hygiene Protocols

  • Provide hand washing capabilities throughout the workplace
  • Ensure frequent hand washing by employees and adequate supplies to do so
  • Provide regular sanitization of high touch areas, such as workstations, equipment, screens, doorknobs, restrooms throughout work site

Staffing and Operations

  • Provide training for employees regarding the social distancing and hygiene protocols
  • Employees who are displaying COVID19-like symptoms do not report to work
  • Establish a plan for employees getting ill from Covid-19 at work, and a return-to-work plan.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Establish and maintain cleaning protocols specific to the business
  • When an active employee is diagnosed with COVID19, cleaning and disinfecting must be performed
  • Disinfection of all common surfaces must take place at intervals appropriate to said workplace

Sector Specific Safety Protocols and Best Practices

Mandatory safety protocols and recommended best practices for sectors that are eligible to open in Phase 1. Additional sector guidance for future phases will be issued at a later date. Businesses operating to provide Essential Services, as defined in the Governor's March 23, 2020 Executive Order, updated on March 31, April 28 and May 15, may remain open and have until May 25, 2020 to comply with their industry’s sector-specific protocols (if applicable).

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Preparing For Shortages

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

As the state of Massachusetts continues to slowly reopen for business it is important to prepare for potential shortages for PPE such as masks, shields, and hand sanitizers. We have already experiences shortages of these essential items. As demand increases, it stands to reason that these shortages will remain and most likely increase. In order for the Commonwealth to continue reopen it is imperative for businesses to be prepared for this inevitable reality and to have alternative solutions in place. 

Here are three DIY solutions that can be used to combat potential shortages or supply chain break downs.

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

Masks

We are all aware that N-95 respirators (the CDC-recommended masks) have been in short supply for months. Already, the PPE supply has become such a crisis that some of us are turning to social media to ask for hand-sewn surgical masks. While these masks are not as effective as N-95 masks the CDC considers similar alternatives such as a bandana or scarf as a last resort.

The following is a link to an easy to follow DIY video from Time Magazine explaining how to make a face mask for coronavirus.

Hand sanitizer 

According to the CDC washing your hands vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is the best defense against the spread of infectious diseases like coronavirus. The second best, especially for those situations when you washing your hands is not an option, is using a hand sanitizer. Businesses wanting to create a safe environment for their most valued assets, their employees and customers, are sure to be stocking up on this liquid gold.

Here is a link to an easy to follow DIY how to make your own hand sanitizer video from WCVB Boston. When making your own sanitizer remember that according to the CDC the alcohol content must be at least 60 percent.

Shields

The notion that you can get the virus through your eyes isn't new, but it has been little discussed compared with the risk of infection through the nose and mouth. The CDC says that while the nose and mouth are the main avenues by which someone catches the coronavirus, "it may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes."

Face shields have long been required equipment for many procedures in hospitals. Doctors and nurses wear them when intubating Covid-19 patients and during surgeries that may cause blood and bone fragments to fly out. Face shields can be resterilized and cleaned easily with a simple alcohol wipe or rinse with soap and hot water and can be reused as long as there are no cracks. Some experts suggest the use of both masks and shields. In Singapore, preschool students and their teachers will be provided with face shields when hey return to school. Similar recommendations are being made in the state of Philadelphia and California. 

Here is a link to an easy to follow DIY how to make your own face shield video from Doctor George Yang. 

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Phase 1 Caring For Our Infants and Toddlers

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

As residents of the Commonwealth begin to head back to work the need for safe child care is paramount. Governor Baker has also shed additional light on the importance of safe daycare services as residents of Massachusetts return to work. 

The following steps are recommended by the CDC to when caring for infants and toddlers in the child care industry.

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCEPAFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

Diapering

When diapering a child, wash your hands and wash the child’s hands before you begin, and wear gloves. Follow safe diaper changing procedures. Procedures should be posted in all diaper changing areas. Steps include:

  • Prepare (includes putting on gloves)
  • Clean the child
  • Remove trash (soiled diaper and wipes)
  • Replace diaper
  • Wash child’s hands
  • Clean up diapering station
  • Wash hands

After diapering, wash your hands (even if you were wearing gloves) and disinfect the diapering area with a fragrance-free bleach that is EPA-registered as a sanitizing or disinfecting solution. If other products are used for sanitizing or disinfecting, they should also be fragrance-free and EPA-registered. If the surface is dirty, it should be cleaned with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

If reusable cloth diapers are used, they should not be rinsed or cleaned in the facility. The soiled cloth diaper and its contents (without emptying or rinsing) should be placed in a plastic bag or into a plastic-lined, hands-free covered diaper pail to give to parents/guardians or laundry service.

Washing, feeding, or holding a child

It is important to comfort crying, sad, and/or anxious infants and toddlers, and they often need to be held. To the extent possible, when washing, feeding, or holding very young children: Child care providers can protect themselves by wearing an over-large button-down, long sleeved shirt and by wearing long hair up off the collar in a ponytail or other updo.

  • Child care providers should wash their hands, neck, and anywhere touched by a child’s secretions.
  • Child care providers should change the child’s clothes if secretions are on the child’s clothes. They should change the button-down shirt, if there are secretions on it, and wash their hands again.
  • Contaminated clothes should be placed in a plastic bag or washed in a washing machine.
  • Infants, toddlers, and their providers should have multiple changes of clothes on hand in the child care center or home-based child care.
  • Child care providers should wash their hands before and after handling infant bottles prepared at home or prepared in the facility. Bottles, bottle caps, nipples, and other equipment used for bottle-feeding should be thoroughly cleaned after each use by washing in a dishwasher or by washing with a bottlebrush, soap, and water.

Healthy hand hygiene behavior

  • All children, staff, and volunteers should engage in hand hygiene at the following times:
    • Arrival to the facility and after breaks
    • Before and after preparing food or drinks
    • Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children
    • Before and after administering medication or medical ointment
    • Before and after diapering
    • After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom
    • After coming in contact with bodily fluid
    • After handling animals or cleaning up animal waste
    • After playing outdoors or in sand
    • After handling garbage
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Supervise children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent ingestion.
  • Assist children with handwashing, including infants who cannot wash hands alone.
    • After assisting children with handwashing, staff should also wash their hands.
  • Place posters describing handwashing steps near sinks. Developmentally appropriate posters in multiple languages are available from CDC.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCEPAFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Phase 1 Caring For Our Children

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

As residents of the Commonwealth begin to head back to work the need for safe child care is paramount. Governor Baker has also shed additional light on the importance of safe daycare services as residents of Massachusetts return to work. 

The following steps are recommended by the CDC to effectively clean and disinfect in the child care industry.

As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDCFDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

Clean and Disinfect

According to the CDC Caring for Our Children (CFOC) provides national standards for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection of educational facilities for children. Toys that can be put in the mouth should be cleaned and sanitized (see below). Other hard surfaces, including diaper changing stations, door knobs, and floors can be disinfected.

Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts:

  • Facilities should develop a schedule for cleaning and disinfecting. An example can be found here.
  • Routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games. This may also include cleaning objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, nap pads, toilet training potties, desks, chairs, cubbies, and playground structures. Use the cleaners typically used at your facility. Guidance is available for the selection of appropriate sanitizers or disinfectants for child care settings.
  • Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label. For disinfection, most common EPA-registered, fragrance-free household disinfectants should be effective. A list of products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 is available here. If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for concentration, application method, and contact time for all cleaning and disinfection products.
  • If possible, provide EPA-registered disposable wipes to child care providers and other staff members so that commonly used surfaces such as keyboards, desks, and remote controls can be wiped down before use. If wipes are not available, please refer to CDC’s guidance on disinfection for community settings.
  • All cleaning materials should be kept secure and out of reach of children.
  • Cleaning products should not be used near children, and staff should ensure that there is adequate ventilation when using these products to prevent children from inhaling toxic fumes.

Clean and Sanitize Toys

  • Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized should not be used.
  • Toys that children have placed in their mouths or that are otherwise contaminated by body secretions or excretions should be set aside until they are cleaned by hand by a person wearing gloves. Clean with water and detergent, rinse, sanitize with an EPA-registered disinfectant, rinse again, and air-dry. You may also clean in a mechanical dishwasher. Be mindful of items more likely to be placed in a child’s mouth, like play food, dishes, and utensils.
  • Machine washable cloth toys should be used by one individual at a time or should not be used at all. These toys should be laundered before being used by another child.
  • Do not share toys with other groups of infants or toddlers, unless they are washed and sanitized before being moved from one group to the other.
  • Set aside toys that need to be cleaned. Place in a dish pan with soapy water or put in a separate container marked for “soiled toys.” Keep dish pan and water out of reach from children to prevent risk of drowning. Washing with soapy water is the ideal method for cleaning. Try to have enough toys so that the toys can be rotated through cleanings.
  • Children’s books, like other paper-based materials such as mail or envelopes, are not considered a high risk for transmission and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection procedures.

Clean and Disinfect Bedding

  • Use bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags) that can be washed. Keep each child’s bedding separate, and consider storing in individually labeled bins, cubbies, or bags. Cots and mats should be labeled for each child. Bedding that touches a child’s skin should be cleaned weekly or before use by another child.

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!

Planning To Reopen - Phase 1

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

After being shut down for more than two months, yesterday, Governor Charlie Baker presented his long awaited response to reopening the state of Massachusetts. Manufacturing and construction businesses can reopen immediately. Places like offices, hair salons and car washes can reopen next Monday ONLY IF those businesses meet a series of state-mandated health and safety requirements. The pace of Massachusetts' phased-in reopening plan will be determined by six public health metrics. Baker said each phase of the reopening plan will last "at least three weeks," but that the timeline could change depending on how those metrics trend.

(See our "Planning to Reopen series of blogs for more information regarding CDC, FDA, and OSHA safety requirements). To review the administration's reopening guidance from the state click here. To view Governor Baker's full report click here).

Governor Baker also shed additional light on the importance of safe daycare services as employees return to work. Screening is an important component of any well rounded plan to open safely. The following are CDC approved examples aimed to help Child Care services implement the necessary levels of screening. 

(As always, work with your local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.)

CDC Examples of screening methods - social distancing

  • Ask parents/guardians to take their child’s temperature either before coming to the facility or upon arrival at the facility. Upon their arrival, stand at least 6 feet away from the parent/guardian and child.
  • Ask the parent/guardian to confirm that the child does not have fever, shortness of breath or cough.
  • Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.

According to the CDC, you do not need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) if you can maintain a distance of 6 feet.

CDC Examples of screening methods - barrier/partition controls

  • Stand behind a physical barrier, such as a glass or plastic window or partition that can serve to protect the staff member’s face and mucous membranes from respiratory droplets that may be produced if the child being screened sneezes, coughs, or talks.
  • Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
  • Conduct temperature screening (follow steps below)
    • Perform hand hygiene
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Put on disposable gloves.
  • Check the child’s temperature, reaching around the partition or through the window.
  • Make sure your face stays behind the barrier at all times during the screening.
  • When performing a temperature check on multiple individuals, ensure that you use a clean pair of gloves for each child and that the thermometer has been thoroughly cleaned in between each check.
  • If you use disposable or non-contact (temporal) thermometers and you did not have physical contact with the child, you do not need to change gloves before the next check.
  • If you use non-contact thermometers, clean them with an alcohol wipe (or isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab) between each client. You can reuse the same wipe as long as it remains wet.

CDC Examples of screening methods - personal protective equipment

If social distancing or barrier/partition controls cannot be implemented during screening, personal protective equipment (PPE) can be used when within 6 feet of a child.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Reliance on PPE alone is a less effective control and more difficult to implement given training requirements and potential PPE shortages.

  • Upon arrival, wash your hands and put on a facemask, eye protection (goggles or disposable face shield that fully covers the front and sides of the face), and a single pair of disposable gloves. A gown could be considered if extensive contact with a child is anticipated.
  • Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness, and confirm that the child is not experiencing coughing or shortness of breath.
  • Take the child’s temperature.
    • When performing a temperature check on multiple individuals, ensure that you use a clean pair of gloves for each child and that the thermometer has been thoroughly cleaned in between each check.
    • If you use disposable or non-contact (temporal) thermometers and did not have physical contact with an individual, you do not need to change gloves before the next check.
    • If you use non-contact thermometers, clean them with an alcohol wipe (or isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab) between each client. You can reuse the same wipe as long as it remains wet.
  • After each screening, remove and discard PPE, and wash hands.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If hands are visibly soiled, soap and water should be used before using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • If your staff does not have experience in using PPE:
    • Check to see if your facility has guidance on how to don and doff PPE. The procedure to don and doff should be tailored to the specific type of PPE that you have available at your facility.
    • Follow the CDC recommended sequences for applying and removing PPE.  

We will continue to share with you guidance from the CDCFDAOSHA and the Governor's office to follow as we prepare for reopening. Also, we at SERVPRO of Foxborough know that not every business has access to the resources necessary to meet these strict guidelines. For those businesses, we are here to help!

Specialized Training

The Disaster Remediation Teams at SERVPRO of Foxborough are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work of "normal daily cleaning". Call SERVPRO of Foxborough today for a free consultation - (508) 533-5305.

All of us here at SERVPRO of Foxborough want you and your loved ones to stay safe and know that we will make it through this together! Rest assured, we will continue to do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed!