For nonprofits and community organizations whose clients and volunteers will be entering their workspaces, cleanliness is of the utmost importance. To ensure that the virus does not spread through your workspace, we recommend the following:
- Wipe Down Center
It is uncertain how long coronavirus can last on surfaces. In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus for those in your center, wipe it down with alcohol-based disinfectants both before and after it is in use. If you are using a tablet for volunteer check-in, make sure to sanitize it regularly. If volunteers or employees are using shared computers or tools, make sure they wash their hands regularly, use hand sanitizer, and wipe down their stations before and after use as well.
- Tools & Supplies Clean-up
It is also recommended the organization ensures all tools (laptops, tablets, phones, supplies and stationary) be wiped or cleaned per usage or activity. At the same time, individuals and groups who are committed to a program or activity should double check their workspace and tools are cleaned to protect their own safety and health.
- Provide Disinfectant Wipes and Hand Sanitizing Solutions
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are almost as effective as hand-washing (although we always recommend that volunteers, employees, and clients wash their hands for at least 20 seconds as often as possible). Provide this to anyone engaging in your organization’s space to avoid transmission of the virus. In addition, provide disinfectant wipes so that any droplets containing the virus can be removed before individuals touch surfaces.
For more information, see the WHO FAQs: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses). We would suggest that you also encourage your volunteers to practice good hygiene. Feel free to share the health guide below: