At present The Stone Trust intends to continue with our spring schedule. Should schedule changes become necessary or advisable, we will inform everyone who has registered for a workshop personally and also communicate with our entire community of supporters. Our message to workshop participants is three-fold:
- Please protect yourself and your family from illness.
- Please protect others from illness.
- Stone Trust staff and instructors will do our part to protect everyone involved in our programming.
As of March 12, the state of Vermont was not recommending cancellation of large events. California has recommended cancellation of events over 250 people. Stone Trust workshops enroll a maximum of 16.
What to Consider before Traveling
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) on Coronovirus and Travel in the U.S.
- Is the COVID 19 spreading where you are going?
- Will you or your travel companion(s) be in close contact with others during your trip?
- Are you or your travel companion(s) at higher risk of severe illness if you do get COVID-19?
- Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you get exposed to, or are sick with, COVID-19?
- Do you live with someone who is older or has a severe chronic health condition?
If your answers to the above questions make you or others vulnerable, please let us know, so we can help you change your plans. If you are presenting symptoms of illness, please do not plan to attend a workshop.
Is COVID-19 spreading where you live? Since few people in the U.S. have yet been tested, it is impossible to determine the rate of infection. The incubation period is thought to be fourteen days. Symptoms may appear within five. The highest incidence of confirmed cases occurs in Washington State, California, and New York. As of March 11, Massachusetts had reported 92 presumed cases of COVID-19. Seventy of the cases were associated with a conference held by the biotech company Biogen from Feb. 24 to 27 at the Marriott Long Wharf in Boston.
If you are traveling from a place where public health officials are advising people to stay home, please let us know, so we can help you change your workshop plans.
The Stone Trust will help everyone take steps to prevent illness:
- Clean your hands often–Sanitary facilities with soap and water are available onsite. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Most participants wear gloves while working.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick–If you are sick, please stay home. When you are building with stone you will be outside or in a well-ventilated space. Building with stone does not require close interpersonal contact.
- Stay home if you’re sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes–tissues and trash cans will be available. Wash your hands and/or use the available hand sanitizer.
- The Stone Trust has facemasks available. The CDC advises wearing facemasks only if you are sick or are caring for someone who is sick.
- Clean and disinfect–most of the surfaces participants will touch are stone. The Stone Trust will attend to cleaning and disinfecting table tops and tools as seems advisable. Sanitary wipes will be available for participant use.
We wish everyone good health as the arc of the coronovirus disease peaks and falls. May the risk to individuals and communities in the U.S. and around the world diminish very quickly. We’ll keep you updated on Stone Trust plans. Please be in touch with comments and questions: 802-952-8600.