BCL’s 2020 Health & Safety Plan

As New York City moves toward reopening, we wanted to update you on the steps we are taking to ensure that BCL remains a healthy, safe place to work. We have now moved into the era of social distancing coworking.

We’ve created a summary of our health and safety plan to reopen, which includes a set of operational, behavioral, and design changes that we’re implementing. Our goal is to have all the elements of this plan in place by Monday, June 8th, in anticipation of getting the green light from public officials sometime thereafter.

We strongly encourage you to review the summary of our plan, as it will require everyone in the BCL community to take specific steps to support our collective health and safety.

Click here to download the guidelines.

BCL’s Reopening Plan:

This plan is based on the best science and public health information available to us. It was created with guidance from Cornell University, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the EPA, and OSHA. Given the evolving nature of the threat, this Plan is a living document, and we will be updating it as new science and public health information becomes available.

Drawing on the best guidance available, our plan focuses on two broad areas:

  1. Design and operational changes. This includes overall space configuration to support social distancing, changes to common areas, single-serving condiments for lounges, increased ventilation, touchless features, and enhanced cleaning/sanitation practices.

  2. Behavioral expectations. All members of the BCL community–staff, members, and guests–will be expected to abide by new guidelines for social distancing and community well-being. These guidelines include cleaning in and out of shared resources (meeting rooms, phone booths, lounge areas) and high-touch surfaces; maintaining social distancing; wearing a mask per BCL’s guidelines; and disclosing any illness or exposure to COVID-19. We will also be implementing extensive signage to explain and reinforce expectations.

That’s all for now. The cadence of our communication with BCL members should increase as we get closer to opening. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Download the guidelines here.

For more resources, visit our Covid-19 resource center.

We can’t wait to welcome you back!