Open Works COVID-19 Update 6/6/2020
Open Works COVID-19 Update 6/6/2020
We hope everyone continues to be safe and healthy in these perilous times.
In the past week, the country has been reckoning with decades of racialized policing. We are proud to have supported Baltimore’s peaceful protestors by distributing over 500 face shields to marchers and medics in order to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.
However, the work of dismantling white supremacy is complex and requires ongoing work. 50 years after the Civil Rights Act was passed, the median net worth of a Black household is just 10% of the median white household, a disturbing statistic that we all can help reverse.
Please help by patronizing the vendors who have sold at our annual Shop Black pop up shops in the last three years. Are you a Black maker who would like to be added to the list? Email email@example.com.
You can also help support two important organizations that have been busy distributing food to local seniors and families during the pandemic. ReBuild Johnston Square is headquartered directly to our southeast, and the Greenmount West Community Center serves families in our neighborhood.
Open Works is committed to racial and social justice for our staff, members, and community-at-large. Black Lives Matter inside of this building — every day. We hope you will join us in furthering this mission.
Makers Unite Update
The Makers Unite project is still going strong! We have now produced 26,500 face shields for medical personnel, first responders, and food inspectors. We are now working to complete one final order for the USDA that is due on Friday, June 12th. After that, we will be sunsetting the project.
As of 5 PM today, Governor Hogan has approved moving to Phase 2 of reopening. However, local jurisdictions still have the ability to overrule that. As of Mayor Young’s press conference at 12:30 PM today, Baltimore City will be moving into Phase 1 on Monday, June 8th.
What does this mean for Open Works? We are allowed to reopen some non-essential manufacturing with our own employees but we are still not allowed to re-open to members or for other public activity. As of next week, we will be winding down face shield production and start building all of the new infrastructure we need to keep you safe — sneeze guards, sanitization stations, and signage.
The Open Works Board of Directors approved a reopening plan at the Q2 meeting on May 22nd. It is now available as a PDF on our blog. Please read it carefully and understand that it is a framework that is subject to change as data continues to inform our decision-making.Our approach can be summarized by three simple rules:
– Wear a mask at all times
– If you or someone in your household is sick, stay home
– Clean machines/surfaces with disinfectant after you use them
Still have questions? We thought you might ;). Join us for our next community call on TOMORROW, 6/6 to go over reopening plans. Join by Zoom here.
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