COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS
The Governor and Partner Agencies have identified certain of our activities as “essential business service” to support agriculture, habitat and water quality in Whatcom County.
Although our office building continues to remain closed to visitors, we are available for phone and video consultations. In some limited circumstances we can also meet you in our parking lot or on your property. While conducting essential activities, we will strictly observe and comply with the social distancing and sanitation measures established by the United States Department of Labor and/or the Washington State Department of Health Guidelines. In addition, we will follow the following protocols:
WCD staff will:
- Obtain email or written communication from the landowner/occupier stating that a site visit is desired, acknowledge that the health and safety protocols for the site visit were explained and agreement to follow them. Any willful failure of the homeowner to comply with these protocols will result in immediate termination of the site visit.
- Complete a self-assessment of any common symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. If present, the site visit will be cancelled. If it is the staff person who is symptomatic, s/he will follow CDC guidance and report this concern to his/her supervisor.
- Will attempt to conduct the site assessment alone. If it is imperative for the Cooperator to be present, a minimum 6 feet of physical distancing is maintained at all times along with both parties wearing masks. If these safeguards cannot be achieved and maintained, the site visit will end.
- WCD staff will not enter any home, office or confined space where social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Avoid using public restrooms and return to home or office.
- Clean hands with sanitizer regularly (at least 60% alcohol) throughout the visit should s/he touch anything besides what was brought with (tools, note pad etc.).
- Wash hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds before and after returning from field work.
This guidance is effective as of June 1, 2020 and will be modified, amended, or repealed as needed.