5/14/20 UPDATE :

First, we hope that all of you are doing well.

We have some good news: the Fort Collins Creator Hub will be reopening next week, on Monday May 18, 2020.

We have to temper that news by clarifying that this will be a “soft” opening. We cannot immediately go back to business as usual. We are going to to be opening in a careful and, hopefully, thoughtful way to try to reduce the risk to our members by requiring all members in the space to follow these rules:

    • Anyone in the space must have a face mask with them and it must be worn if there is anyone else in the space. Ideally, you should wear your mask even when alone. You will need to provide your own face mask.

    • If you are feeling sick, stay home.

    • Maintain as much space as possible from other members in the space. The “six foot” guideline is an absolute minimum: the more time you are in proximity to others, the greater the risk.

    • We are going to be unable to deep-clean the space regularly – if at all. This means if you are in the space, you must treat everything you come in contact with as contaminated. Please wash hands frequently and consider wearing gloves if you aren’t using power tools. You will also need to bring your own safety glasses and ear protection.

    • No eating or drinking in the Hub.

    • As always, and even more so now, use the space at your own risk.

    • We will be instituting a reservation policy to control the maximum number of people using the space at one time. We will be modifying our existing equipment reservation system to handle “area” reservations: lasers, 3D printers, crafting, woodshop/metalshop/welding area. No-one is to enter the space without having a reservation (including volunteers). Go to our website to make the reservation: http://www.fortcollinscreatorhub.org. The previous equipment-specific reservations will be temporarily disabled. These changes will go into effect by Sunday night.

    • Currently the two CAMFive lasers are too close to allow safe simultaneous use, so the laser area reservation will be for one person. Ditto for the 3D printers, and crafting area.

    • There will be a total of three people allowed in Unit 15 (Woodshop, Metalshop and Welding). There will be three area “slots” available for reservation.

    • Co-Creators can use their exclusive use space at any time, however, if they need to use any of the common areas they will need to reserve those areas and abide by the rest of these rules like all other members.

    • No guests (non-members) are allowed to be in the space at any time.

The “soft” reopening is an experiment. If we see members violating the rules above, we will have to take action, and that may include shutting down again. I have faith that you and the rest of our members understand what is at stake and will follow our rules, even if you might believe they are too stringent.

Hopefully all will go well and we will be able to loosen these rules soon.

Finally, we appreciate the support and patience you have given and will continue to give us through this difficult time. Your support is allowing us to remain viable.

The Fort Collins Creator Hub Board

3/17/20 UPDATE :

The Fort Collins Creator Hub is temporarily closing starting this Saturday (March 21, 2020) at 8pm. We will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.

The board has not arrived at this decision lightly. It has been motivated by the following facts:

  • We don’t have the staffing to perform the frequent cleanings needed to disinfect the surfaces, tools, and keyboards being used daily.
  • Many of our members fall into the higher-risk category for Covid19.
  • The state of Colorado is closing all restaurants, bars, clubs, gyms, and coffee shops. We feel it is only a matter of time before all non-essential business are forced to temporarily close.

While we don’t know exactly when we will re-open, obviously we are all motivated to make this happen as soon as we safely can. If you have any personal items that you need, please pick them up before 8pm on Saturday. Contact us ASAP if this presents a hardship.

We are asking for a favor from all of you: if you are able, please continue to pay your membership dues even while we are closed. This will help ensure that there will be a Creator Hub to return to when the need for isolation subsides.

Thank you and stay healthy,

The Fort Collins Creator Hub Board

3/15/20 UPDATE:

We ask that all members using the space disinfect any tools and surfaces being used before and after you use them. We will provide cleaning supplies to do this.

Also, bearing the safety of our volunteers and students in mind, we are cancelling many of our classes, training sessions, orientations and tours. Check our schedule to see what is available. We apologize for the inconvenience.

3/13/20 UPDATE:

If you think we and other leaders are overreacting, please read this: https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-act-today-or-people-will-die-f4d3d9cd99ca

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

As the coronavirus has morphed from an outbreak in one region of China into a world-wide pandemic, we feel it is necessary to provide this message to our members. As I’ve been telling people, this is a serious issue, but we shouldn’t panic. It isn’t “business as usual”, but the sky isn’t falling either. Because we are a community organization, we have a role to play in the response to this disease. We ask that all members and volunteers abide by the following:

  1. If you are sick, feel sick or have reason to believe that you have been exposed to a contagious disease, stay home. It doesn’t matter whether your symptoms match the coronavirus or have been officially diagnosed. Please stay at home. Nothing is so important that it is worth endangering other people at the Hub. This applies if you are a member, volunteer, teacher or student.
  2. If you are at-risk due to age or complicating factors, please consider staying at home. Nothing you do at the Hub is worth risking your life.
  3. Please follow all safety precautions as you would anywhere you go in public: wash your hands frequently and avoid close contact with others as much as possible. See this link for details and information.
  4. Some upcoming classes may be cancelled – especially large ones. If you have registered for a class, pay attention to any cancellation emails we send you or check the class calendar on our website.
  5. We hope it never comes to this, but it is possible that the Creator Hub will have to temporarily close. We would only do this as a last resort.
  6. For status updates, please go to our website, where we will post Coronavirus information on the front page.

If you are interested, John Hopkins University has very accurate information about the Coronavirus and Covid19 here.