In response to the continued increase in Fairfax County COVID cases, the Nova Labs Directors present this revised policy concerning access to and utilization of Nova Labs, Inc.
To all members:
A 7 day quarantine followed by a negative COVID test is mandatory for all members that have traveled, had out of town guests visit them, or participated in gatherings over 10 beyond your immediate household; this includes retail and dining venues.
Who Can Access:
Officially-appointed Team Leads, Assistant Team Leads, and Coordinators
Officially-appointed Stewards and Assistant Stewards
Event Hosts and Instructors
Minors who are family members of Nova Labs members are allowed if they are closely supervised
Members are not allowed to bring visitors or guests at this time.
Fee-based Class and Event Attendees are prohibited at this time.
Ad hoc tours are allowed If and only If they are accompanied by a Member their entire stay, and registers with the front desk.
Please refer to the Membership Policy for the formal definition of Guest, Attendee, and visitor.
We will align our space usage requirements with the guidelines set forth by Governor Northam for the state of Virginia
We will strive to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the White House Coronavirus Task Force
Nova Labs leadership reserves the right to enact additional measures in order to comply with the best practices suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and respected epidemiologists
Space Cleaning Protocols
3.5% Nu-Foamicide or similar EPA-approved disinfectant will be used in a fogging machine to sanitize every room at 1916 and 1930 two times/week
Documented via disinfection log mounted in each room
MERV12-filtered box fans are being added throughout the non-shop zones, 1 unit per 1000 square feet.
Filters are marked with date of install and changed every 3 months
Leave the makerspace cleaner than you find it!
Do not handwash dirty dishes (place in the dishwasher immediately after use)
No sharing food or beverages
Wipe down all surfaces with disinfectant as necessary
Throw dirty napkins or paper towels in the trash immediately after use
Do not use the kitchen when someone else is using it (unless invited)
Combined Orange Bay, Laser Lab, Conference Rooms, Project Room, the Studio, and Kitchen: maximum of 25 users
Orange Bay: maximum of 10 people at a time and no closer than 6’ to another person
Laser Lab: maximum of 2 people at a time
Project Classroom: maximum of 7 people at a time
The Studio: maximum of 6 people at a time
Conference rooms: maximum of 4 people at a time
Combined Woodshop, Metalshop, Blacksmithing, and Mixed Media: maximum 25 users
Woodshop: maximum of 8 people at a time, no more than 1 person per bench
Metal Shop: maximum of 8 people at a time, no more than 1 person per bench
Mixed Media Shop: maximum of 2 people at a time, no more than 1 person per bench
Blacksmithing: maximum of 2 people indoors; outdoors, maintain 6 ft social distancing and wear a face mask of mostly natural fibers.
Enclosed Office: maximum of 1 person/113 sq ft
Innovation Center Conference Room: maximum of 2 people at a time
Innovation Center co-Working areas: maximum 6 desks or benches in each area, no more than 1 person per bench or desk
Innovation Center Tool Bay: maximum of 2 people at a time
Innovation Center Laser Lab: maximum of 1 person at a time
AV Streaming Studio: maximum of 2 people at a time
Community Classroom: maximum of 4 people at a time
Community Tool Bay: maximum of 1 people at a time
Robot Corral: maximum of 5 people at a time
Events Room: maximum of 10 people at a time if divider is open, or 5 people per side with divider closed
Lobby: maximum of 5 people at a time
Due to the continued need for social distancing, max occupancy for each area has been set at 113 sq ft/user
Coronavirus Symptom Questionnaire
Do not enter if you answer yes to any of these questions
Have you been within 6 ft of a person with a lab-confirmed case of coronavirus for at least 5 minutes, or had direct contact with their mucus or saliva, in the past 14 days?
In the last 48 hours, have you had any of the following NEW symptoms?
Fever of 100.5ºF (38ºC) or above, or possible fever symptoms like alternating chills and sweating
Trouble breathing, shortness of breath or severe wheezing
Chills or repeated shaking with chills
Loss of smell or taste, or a change in taste
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Positive COVID-19 test
If you answer yes to any of these questions, do not come to Nova Labs.
Safe Making Practices – Allowed and Recommended PPE
We differentiate between normal safety PPE and the additional Covid-19 PPE (primary air filtering).
Run a MERV12-filtered box fan in any space you are working, 1 unit per 1000 square feet.
Covid-19 specific PPE and process
Clean face mask (required). Covers both your mouth and nose the entire time you are at Nova Labs. No masks with unfiltered exhalation valves, but N95 masks are fine.
Face shields and respirators must be worn in conjunction with a face mask.
MakerShield (the enclosed face shield designed for MakerSchool) can substitute for face masks.
Apply hand sanitizer before and after you work
Signs designating proper hygiene (handwashing, face coverings, etc), and maximum safe occupancy of each space within Nova Labs will be prominently displayed
In some circumstances, it may be necessary to temporarily work around the 6-foot restriction for close inspection/instruction help. This will be done only if everyone has PPE.
Safety PPE (please bring your own)
Ear protection – optional/as needed
In Case of COVID-Positive Nova Labs Contact
Nova Labs will notify membership of the dates a COVID-Positive person was in the space
Nova Labs will close for 72 hours to conduct sanitization
Currently,the standard disinfection protocol is fogging rooms individually with 3.5% Nu-Foamicide twice a week
After positive contact, every room will be santitized and then allowed to sit empty for 3 days
Nu-Foamicide at 3.5% is EPA certified to destroy a wide variety of viruses, bacteria, and fungi within 15 minutes of initial contact. Our Safety Team Lead has confirmed that it is safe for our machines, as it is not a degreaser.
Failure to comply with Nova Labs COVID Policy
Any member is encouraged to gently remind violators of the current policy
Written Incident Report will be issued for repeat offenders
Receipt of a written incident report will result in 7 days’ revocation of space access