Camp Hosts and the Coronavirus | How to Protect Yourself in the Workplace
By Frank and Cherri ‘We Two Gypsies’ | We use affiliate links and may receive a small commission on purchases.
According to the CDC people over the age of 60 are at extreme risk of serious illness, and should stay home as much as possible. The CDC also advises that those at greater risk should start stocking up on groceries and medical supplies.
While it is not necessarily the rule a very large portion of the work camper population are members of the senior community. With that said tourist season is here, and most of us planning to work camp this season have already accepted our offers and have begun fulfilling our seasonal commitments.
So working on a day to day basis meeting and greeting tourists from around the globe how does one protect him/herself from that nasty bug?
From Target CEO Brian Cornell: "More time will be spent cleaning our stores, including cleaning surfaces like checklanes and touchscreens at least every 30 minutes."
From the CDC
Take everyday precautions
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Take everyday preventive actions
- Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
- Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
- Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.
For those of us working in the hospitality industry avoiding crowds is simply not an option. All we can do is to arm ourselves the very best we can. Here are a few tips, which we have put into action here at our campground.
- We have removed the jar of pens from our counter, and replaced it with one lone pen sitting next to a hand sanitizer dispenser. This method works two fold, as the guest feels more comfortable signing documents at check in. At the same time staff is at lower risk of illness by eliminating the possibility of passing bacteria from one to another.
- As activity increases so does the extra effort toward cleaning surfaces regularly.
- Hand shakes and hugs are now a thing of the past. Truth be told I am a natural born hugger, but I'm working on it.
Have you implemented a COVID-19 action plan at your place of employment? We would love to hear what you are doing to encourage a safe work environment. Please use the comments below to share your thoughts and ideas, and let's make 2020 the best work camper season ever!
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