[TheThinkTank] Shop Operations During Covid

momoko saunders analyst at bikefarm.org
Mon Oct 19 18:24:22 PDT 2020

Hey all,

I'd love to get a quick update on what shops are doing for shop
operations during covid. There was an awesome virtual workshop put on a few
months ago. What are shops up to now?

At Bike Farm, we're still far from being open in our usual way. We have a
parts selling shift for one day of the week. We meet people outside and get
a list of items they want to purchase, then volunteers rummage around and
find the parts and bring them out for the patron to choose from. We do not
allow use of tools which is really hard but most people understand. We do
have a selection of tools which we have available for sale for real cheap.
This includes random loose allen wrenches, other wrenches, multi tools.
Here are the guidelines for this shift

We also have a shift where volunteers work on bikes in the shop for sale or
for our community partnerships. We limit all volunteer groups to 5 people
at a time, and we try to keep people in germ bubbles so that if someone
does get sick, we've limited the exposure. Everyone wears masks at all
times and keeps distant.

We have a 3rd night which we just added called our infrastructure night. On
this night we work on cleaning the shop and making it more functional.

We have a document outlining
our covid protocols. I've made a copy of it for the thinktank to view.
Everyone in the shop must read and agree to these guidelines before being
able to volunteer.


With a vaccine looking like it will not be here and widely available till
summer or even fall of 2021, we're looking for more creative ways to
provide resources to the community, stay safe, and maybe make some money to
pay rent. I'd love to hear if others have come up with creative ways to
continue operations during this time.

Hope you all are well,
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