25 Jun COVID-19: Harbour Light’s Safety Plan
Social visitation is not allowed at Harbour Light right now. All other types of visits, including third-party service providers, should be reduced whenever possible, scheduled in advance to reduce overlap, and kept as short as possible. The use of alternative methods of communication is strongly encouraged. When scheduling a service call or other visitor, Harbour Light staff will inform visitors they:
- must reschedule if they are unwell or are placed on self-isolation;
- must practice physical distancing whenever reasonably possible;
- must perform hand hygiene upon entering the facility;
- must not bring additional guests during their visit;
- should arrive on time, and wait off-site if they arrive early; and
- are encouraged to wear a non-medical mask, as Harbour Light cannot guarantee physical distancing at all times, in all areas of the facility.
Additional precautions (including occupancy limits) are in place to reduce risks in shared spaces, including meeting rooms, elevators, staff rooms, client lounges, chapel, dining rooms, and rooftop garden. All staff will avoid meetings or gatherings where physical distances cannot be maintained. Harbour Light staff will hold meetings by teleconference or video conference, whenever possible. If an in-person meeting is necessary, staff will:
- Limit the number of participants and duration of the meeting;
- Ensure at least 2m (6ft) space between participants; and
- Consider using the largest room available, or moving the meeting outdoors.
- If an indoor meeting must be held without physical distancing, all participants must wear non-medical masks.
12-step meetings will remain in-house only, with community participation welcome by Zoom; this will be reviewed regularly. Room bookings for outside groups for meetings or trainings (e.g. Urban Core, Shelternet, etc.) will be cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Following Dr. Henry’s recommendations, masks are useful when physical distancing can’t be maintained. Thanks to generous community members, over 120 staff members received handmade fabric masks to wear when physical distancing is not possible. We continue to welcome additional donations of fabric masks, so we can extend our non-medical mask distribution to include clients.