While many businesses have been forced to close down during the pandemic of COVID-19, many are unable to. Grocery stores and other essential businesses must remain open for people to survive. Therefore, we must all play our part in keeping each other safe when we’re forced out of our homes to gather more supplies. We want you to know that Varsity Tents is still up and running. We see our privilege in being able to help during this crisis and are doing our best to pitch in. Here’s how you can take advantage of Varsity as a social distancing resource.
Working in a grocery store or other essential establishment means putting yourself in harm’s way during every shift. There is a risk of taking COVID-19 home with you if you contract it during work hours. Or, if you already have it, but aren’t showing symptoms yet, you could potentially spread it to others at your place of work. This is why taking the proper care to wash up is so vital.
Tents from Varsity make great shift checkpoints. Setting up a small tent – as small as 10’x10’ – inside an establishment provides a place to sterilize between locations. Employees can come to their shift, step into the checkpoint, wash up, put on gloves and a mask, and take any other desired precautions before even getting to their station. When their shift is over, they can repeat these precautions before heading home to their families. This is a great way of minimizing the risk of spread.
Divide the Room
In certain establishments, working in relatively close proximity with coworkers is unavoidable. A building is only so large. With the help of smaller tents, you can divide large rooms into smaller areas, minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19 with social distancing. Because COVID-19 spreads through droplets, like those that exit our mouths when we cough, barriers are a huge help in preventing spread. Keeping work stations and lunch/breakroom areas separated and enclosed will keep workers from coming into contact with as many people and as many potentially-infected droplets lingering in the air. Varsity has already had a few clients create new lunch/breakroom areas to help socially distance staff while providing an enclosed space to be in.
In times like these, our homeless and poor population is being hit the hardest. Because these folks have nowhere to return home to, they’re stuck outdoors, usually in urban areas where the risk is exponentially higher.
Because so many in poverty are struggling, there is, naturally, a desire to help. For those people who are putting themselves in harm’s way to help those less equipped to handle the pandemic, tents can make all the difference.
Whether your organization is distributing food, masks, supplies, or otherwise, doing so with a barrier will increase your safety and the safety of everyone you serve. Keep supplies within the safety of one of our tents. Select some of your volunteers or staff to move the supplies to the outside or to a connecting tent. Your second tent can function as an exchange tent where those in need can retrieve them. This ensures that only those equipped with proper safety precautions get within the same area as the supplies being distributed.
No matter what you’re doing, if you’re regularly doing work outside of your home, you need to lower the risk of spreading COVID-19. We’re here to help with that with social distancing. Because times are uncertain and no one is entirely sure how long precautions will need to be continued, we’ve adjusted our rental times. Any of our tents can be rented for a week at a time. This allows you to rent flexibly, ensuring you have a tent as long as you need without overspending. Give us a call if you have questions or would like to rent a tent today.