We’ve made a few adjustments to our programming and policies to help our members and community in light of the recent changes in the COVID-19 pandemic. Our official information source is:
Lansing Makers Network is taking the proactive step of canceling our upcoming blacksmithing and woodworking classes scheduled for Saturday, March 14th. Additionally, we’re cancelling public events through Sunday, March 22nd. This includes our upcoming Maker Meetup and weekly Open Forge events. All participants in cancelled classes will receive a full refund (including Eventbrite’s Fees)
We’ve also amended our class and membership policies in light of the current situation as follows:
Participants who feel unwell, are self-isolating, or choose to practice social distancing can request to move to a later class session or request a refund by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we are unable to refund Eventbrite’s portion of the class fees (moving to a different session will not involve any fees, however).
Members who feel unwell, are self-isolating, or choose to practice social distancing may request an extension of their membership by emailing email@example.com.
Currently, there are no plans to curtail or cancel existing open hours schedules. We have, however, made clear to our volunteers that we will work with them to cover shifts if needed. As such, we may find ourselves in a situation where specific shifts may not be able to be covered. We’ll communicate these situations via talk.lansingmakersnetwork.org as soon as we are aware of them.
Our goals with these policy changes are to provide community members with the opportunity to make the best decisions without the pressure of financial implications. While we recognize that the potential exposure risk may seem small in comparison to the more significant closures and cancellations that we have seen in the last few weeks, we realize the importance of limiting the spread of COVID-19 and want to give our volunteers and members the opportunity to make the best decisions regarding their own exposure risks.
We’ll continue to heed the advice of our local, state, and federal health agencies and strive to make the best decisions for the safety of our community and staff. As such, we’ll be meeting regularly to review our ability to remain open to members and make decisions about upcoming classes.
For perspective on some of the research that influenced our decisions, we’d invite you to view/read the resources below:
Coren, Michael J. “This Chart of the 1918 Spanish Flu Shows Why Social Distancing Works.” Quartz. Quartz, March 11, 2020.
2 Blue 1 Brown. “Exponential Growth and Epidemics” YouTube video, 8:56. March 8, 2020.