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What will it take to make work-spaces safe and healthy again? Let’s talk about masks and more space

We care about our workers and our clients health. As such, we follow cleaning and sanitizing protocols, wear industrial grade gloves and as a show of support for our medical and healthcare workers, we have made our own cloth face masks! As you know, there is a shortage of face masks and the CDC has recommended that N-95 respirators masks be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. Watch our CEO Charlie Gonzalez getting crafty with a sewing machine!

As we approach the month of May, while still being under “Shelter in Place” in California, we want to reach out to our clients and friends and say we are here for you. There is always a lot of pride in what we do, whether we are moving expensive lab equipment, helping a child move to a group home or we are moving a home from Santa Clara to San Mateo County, or any of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. But during this time of COVID-19 shutdowns and uncertainty, we appreciate our employees, vendors, customers and our community even more. Because we are used to working in high stakes, fast paced, safety sensitive environments, our crew members are ready to assist our clients, even during this pandemic.

We recently had the chance to speak with local newspaper reporter Louis Hansen of the Mercury News about what it takes to move during these days. We moved Mark Madrid, CEO of the Latino Business Action Network who was also interviewed for the article. Here is a link to the article.

As some businesses prepare to re-open, we are here for you. We can assist you in getting your office or work environment ready to accommodate the new social distance recommendations. Some of the suggestions we have are placing panels between staff, preferably with materials that are easy to sanitize (no fabric!). Mount glass or plexiglass screens to separate workstations or work areas that had to be shared in the pre COVID-19 work environment (which favored communal and open spaces). Other functional equipment that can be used to promote social distancing are cabinets, file drawers and bookcases, these can be placed on bench style work environments or any area that can promote concentration of people. Clients will need to rethink cafeterias, common areas of high traffic such as lobbies, break-rooms, kitchens, waiting areas, conference rooms. Recent reports also suggest that central heat and air conditioning systems may be a factor in spreading the virus, researchers from the University of Oregon and University of California-Davis suggest opening windows. They recommend that in commercial or office settings where turning off the AC and opening windows is not an option; people should wear masks and use partitions to separate workers.

Whether you plan to reconfigure your workspace, or you need to move your staff closer to natural air/windows when available, or you are moving your home in the San Francisco Bay Area, please reach out! Reach out and we can work with you to make sure that you are ready for the new normal! We are all in this together!

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