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COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« on: March 15, 2020, 04:32:45 PM »
Forgot to mention - at the board meeting, we did discuss 1918 Spanish Influenza Corona virus related issues (sorry, got caught up in the wrong century), and we have canceled Easter Eggspress.  Other events, such as Spring Work Weekend, will be dependent on what the situation is at the [time of the] April [WW&F BOD] meeting.

[Mod note: Clarified what "April meeting" referred to.]
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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2020, 11:37:50 AM »
Forgot to mention - at the board meeting, we did discuss 1918 Spanish Influenza Corona virus related issues (sorry, got caught up in the wrong century), and we have canceled Easter Eggspress.  Other events, such as Spring Work Weekend, will be dependent on what the situation is at the [time of the] April [WW&F BOD] meeting.

[Mod note: Clarified what "April meeting" referred to.]

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2020, 06:24:31 PM »
[Moderator's Note]
I am awaiting approval of a statement regarding the decisions made at the 3/14/2020 BOD meeting in regards to the outbreak. However, even that may now be dated information, based on the developments of the last 48 hours - including the CDC recommendation "that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States."

If this CDC recommendation is adhered to, we would be looking at a Memorial Day opening weekend at the soonest.
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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2020, 07:33:58 PM »
Things are changing quickly. Definately stay tuned for the latest.
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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2020, 07:54:21 PM »
Maine CDC is recommending no groups larger than 10 of high risk individuals.  That includes many of us.  The officers are reviewing again tomorrow.

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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2020, 04:54:53 PM »
[Moderator's Note: This is posted on behalf of WW&F President David Buczkowski.]

Fellow Volunteers:

It is clear from what we are hearing from medical professionals, government representatives and the Maine CDC that the COVID-19 pandemic is to be taken very seriously. In response to their guidelines and recommendations we have already cancelled Easter Eggspress and all public trains until at least May 2, 2020. The Spring Work Weekend, Annual Meeting and Mothers’ Day Tea are all in serious danger of being postponed or outright cancelled. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to the public at large not to contribute to transmitting this virus. On their own initiative the weekday crew has decided to not meet as a group. In fact, most are not planning to come at all.

Therefore, until further notice, gatherings of more than five (5) people at the Museum are hereby forbidden. If you find that you need to come to the Museum you must use all precautions that have been posted elsewhere such as the use of hand sanitizer, washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, not touching your face and covering your mouth when you sneeze or cough. You should also stay at least six feet from other people. Only work on projects you can do by yourself. If you are operating heavy equipment please do not do so without a spotter.

The official Museum statement regarding our COVID-19 policy and precautions is given below. The Museum will still be there when this all winds down and we want to ensure that you are too. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. Stay safe!

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We are all well aware of the COVID-19 (aka "Coronavirus") pandemic that is spreading. While Maine has not seen the same level of cases as some of its neighbors, the disease is continuing to spread - and may peak during some of the planned events at the WW&F. Moreover, many of our volunteers have already expressed their inability to participate, as they are at high risk of infecting themselves or others.

Therefore, the WW&F Board of Directors have elected to take the following course of action:
1. In accordance with current CDC guidelines of curtailing gatherings of 10 or more people, the April 11, 2020 Easter Eggspress is cancelled. There will be no public train service, or non-volunteer visitors allowed on the WW&F campus, until May 2nd (at the earliest.)

2. On April 11, 2020, during the scheduled BOD meeting, decisions will be made regarding:
a. Spring Work Weekend.
b. Annual Meeting.
c. Mother's Day Tea.
d. Start of scheduled Saturday train service.
e. Start of scheduled Sunday train service.

Note that it is very likely that these events will all be postponed or cancelled.

Obviously, the situation is changing rapidly, and it is impossible to predict what precautions will be asked of us in the coming weeks. That said, we will adhere to whatever the CDC recommends at that time. We are also working closely with Wiscasset Woods Lodge, who are attempting to balance their plans for our Spring Work Weekend along side the realities of this situation.

In addition, our own Dr. Bob Holmes and Emergency Paramedic Jay Barta have made several recommendations regarding day-to-day activities (volunteers) as they interact at Sheepscot. These recommendations were adopted at the 3/14/2020 BOD meeting (and subsequently revised), and are summarized below.

Campus Wide:
  • Purell/hand sanitizer stations are to be available everywhere on campus.
  • Disinfectant soaps are to be available in the Percival House and Bathrooms.
  • Vulnerable Facilities (Percival House, Bathrooms) are to be cleaned and disinfected weekly.

Volunteers:
  • Gatherings of 5 or more are not permitted. (Spotters remain required when running heavy machinery.)
  • Volunteers at Sheepscot may only work on individual, self-guided projects.
  • Stay at least six feet from other volunteers; use hand sanitizer liberally; avoid touching your face; and cover your mouth when coughing.
  • Stay home if you are sick, regardless of whether a personal diagnosis of COVID-19 has been confirmed.
  • Please stay home if you’ve been in (or nearby) any area with confirmed (or presumptive) cases of the Coronavirus.
  • Upon arrival, each volunteer must wash his/her hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Before eating, each volunteer must wash his/her hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • When signing out, each volunteer member must wash his/her hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Report back to the WW&F BOD immediately if you get suspiciously sick.

The railroad will still be at Sheepscot long after this global crisis passes. The real world isn’t supposed to invade Sheepscot but it does now and again. In the meanwhile, be safe, and we will be all stronger together - through the tireless efforts of our members, volunteers, friends, and supporters.
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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2020, 08:30:24 PM »
[Moderator's Note]
A discussion regarding the ramifications of cancelling the Spring Work Weekend was split from this topic, and can be found at:
http://forum.wwfry.org/index.php/topic,3639.msg45377.html
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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2020, 08:05:15 PM »
Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Wiscasset Woods Lodge will be CLOSED during the Spring Work Weekend. All extra activities have been cancelled. Those with reservations will be contacted by the Lodge for a refund.
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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2020, 08:08:01 PM »
Contacted and refund received. These folks are on the ball.

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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2020, 05:33:46 PM »
The Govenor of Maine has now issued a stay at home order for the entire state. Only essential travel allowed. Effective April 2nd thru April 30th.

The stay at home order does not apply to construction, health care or other essential services.
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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2020, 06:26:17 PM »
Is splitting wood or helping Brendan on the car barn constructive. Brendan said a lot of car just rode in around the place yesterday. They say you can exercise by walking. Would it be O.K. to walk to the wood splitter with wood? Anyone got an answer? Fred

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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2020, 06:32:54 PM »
My understanding of the order is that non-essential travel is banned.
The only ones who should be at the RR starting on Thursday are those who live on-site (or can walk there.)

Splitting wood (or exercising) at home is fine; driving somewhere to do those activities is not.
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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2020, 07:15:48 PM »
I hate it when people use logic.

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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2020, 11:29:26 AM »
Damn, I needed to get out.  Who are all of these out of state cars wandering around?

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Re: COVID-19 (aka "coronavirus") and the WW&F...
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2020, 12:11:37 PM »
They are fleeing the larger cities to come to their summer home where there is less chance for them to catch it. Unfortunately for us, this opens the potential for them to carry it with them.
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