COVID-19 Update

Habitat for Humanity is actively monitoring updates from from the Mesa County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

COVID-19 UPDATE: Masks are now mandatory in the State of Colorado. Per State Executive Order D 2020 138, a mandatory statewide mask order is now in effect (as of midnight on July 16, 2020), and will be in effect for 30 days. To ensure a safe environment that protects everyone’s health and wellness in our community, please adhere to the State Order. For more details, visit Colorado State website about Guidance in Wearing Masks.

To prioritize the health and safety of our shoppers, volunteers, donors and staff, we will adhere to the state order(s) and guidelines of the CDC, state and local authorities. In our effort to keep you safe in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we request for everyone to please follow our Pandemic Operations Status (Safety COVID 19 Guidelines) copied below.

PANDEMIC OPERATION STATUS

Habitat for Humanity Mesa County (Affiliate Office, Construction Site, and ReStore) has elected to temporarily amend certain aspects of our operations due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Our goal is to serve and protect the health of the community, while protecting the health and safety of our employees and customers.  Our daily operations will be reduced to include only paid staff and core volunteers only as needed, and on a case-by-case basis. As our policy changes it will be updated on our website and Facebook page. For more information, please call our Safety Officer at 970.255.9850, ext. 202.

The CDC has listed the following as symptoms of the Coronavirus:

  • Mild to severe respiratory illness
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

An employee who has the above symptoms should notify their supervisor and stay home.  A customer or team member showing any of the above signs will be asked to leave the office, ReStore or construction site.

The CDC recommends the following to prevent the spread of any respiratory disease:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
  • If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Affiliate Office:
The business office is currently open but with a limited number of team members. Habitat Homeowners can contact the office at 970-255-9850, ext. 206. Potential Homeownership Program applicants and future homeowners can contact 970-255-9850, ext. 202.

ReStore–Reduced Operations:
ReStore hours will shift to Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 – 5:30 pm. Donations will be accepted Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 – 4:00 at the ReStore. Store operations will be closed Sunday and Monday. All donations will be held for 24 hours before processing.

We will schedule donation pick-ups on a limited basis, picking up only from the garage or driveway. Drivers will not enter the home. To schedule a pick up, call the ReStore at 970-263-9850, ext. 101. We will only pick-up Tuesday – Friday.

Shopping Inside the Store:
We will also label one-way movement through our aisles, using floor markers and direction. We expect this to help more customers avoid coming into close contact with others as they shop.

We’ll continue to put signage inside our stores to remind customers of the need to maintain social distancing (especially in lines) and to wear face masks (when required).

Employees and Volunteer will wear face masks and gloves. Shopping carts will be sanitized after each use. There will be no public access to restrooms or drinking fountains.  Customers who have a fever or cough are asked to stay home to protect the safe and health of our community.

Maintaining Social Distancing at the ReStore:
We will limit the number of customers to 50% capacity. To manage this restriction, Associates and signage will remind customers of the importance of social distancing while they’re waiting to enter a store. Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis. While we want our customers to feel welcome, we also have a responsibility to prioritize the health and safety of our customers and employees.  We ask that our customers shop for what they need, check-out and return to their home. With limited occupancy, it is vital that customers not linger unnecessarily.

Wearing a Face Mask at the ReStore:
Effective Midnight July 16th, 2020, per State Executive Order D 2020 138 masks are now mandatory in the State of Colorado, and we are requiring customers to wear a face mask (homemade face coverings are OK).
To ensure a safe environment that protects everyone’s health and wellness in our community, please adhere to the State Order. https://covid19.colorado.gov/mask-guidance

Construction Site–Reduced Operations:
Hours at the construction site continue to be Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (7:00 am to 3:30 pm, weather dependent). However, workers at the site will be limited to 10 individuals. Social distancing will be required. Wearing face masks will also be required per the mandatory Colorado Statewide Executive Order D 2020 138.

For the time being, lunch will not be provided, in order to reduce food handling. Staff, future homeowners and volunteers will bring their own lunch. Water will continue to be provided; hand-sanitizer will be on-site, as always. If you have questions contact our Safety Officer at 970-255-9850, ext. 202. Assistance from existing construction core volunteers is welcome. They should notify our construction foreman at 970-778-5611, to check on tasks on hand for the week.

Volunteers, groups and new volunteers please note:
The ReStore is currently accepting volunteer sign-ups and conducting orientations, contact Volunteer Coordinator at 970-263-0858, ext. 102. Current  construction volunteers should contact the construction foreman before volunteering at the site. Groups interested in group-builds should contact  Communications Officer at 970-255-9850, ext. 205 about availability and procedure.

Moving forward:
As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, our leaders and operations teams will continue to listen to advice from medical experts, associates and customers, and consider how we can best serve people while helping slow the spread of the virus. The health and safety of our associates and customers is what matters the most.

updated July 17, 2020