Effective June 1, 2020:Limited in-house sessions have resumed. Projects that have been postponed since mid-March are being phased into the weekly schedule. As we learn more about best practices and safety measures for minimizing the spread of COVID-19, we can continue to refine policies and procedures. As always, everyone’s safety and wellbeing is top priority. This policy was developed using guidance from the CDC and a template from the Rhode Island Department of Health. For more information, visit reopeningri.com.
Working in-house: -Only one in-house session is being scheduled per day to allow for proper decontamination between house visits. -New client assessment and work will be done virtually if possible, until it feels safe enough to work more than one in-house session per day. -I wash my hands with soap and water for 20 seconds immediately upon entering your home. -A face covering will be worn at all times, and one can be provided for each client. -We’ll take frequent breaks for drinking water and washing hands. -I will be wearing shoe covers or a separate pair of shoes for those who feel that measure is best for their situation. -When possible, we’ll keep the recommended physical distance of 6ft. -I’ll bring only the necessary supplies into the home, and will disinfect all items after each session.
Monitoring symptoms and illness: -There are no cancellation fees until further notice. -Clients are asked to monitor their symptoms prior to our scheduled appointment. If there are symptoms of any type of illness, please cancel our appointment, even if I’m only 5 minutes away! Access the Rhode Island Department of Health screening tool here. -If either the client or organizer learns they have been exposed to COVID-19, all parties must contact RIDOH at 401-222-8022 or 211 after hours, so that they can begin contact tracing. Confidentiality continues to be of utmost importance. We will discuss this possibility and come to an agreement prior to in-house work, on a case by case basis. -All parties involved will quarantine and schedule a COVID-19 test. -We can resume work once all parties have tested negative.
I continue to stay in touch and refine my policies along with my colleagues at NAPO-New England regarding our industry’s best practice for working in-home sessions.