**UPDATE on 3/13/20***
As of Saturday, March 14, all SPR recreation facilities will be closed until at least April 13. This includes Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center. Ongoing participants should have received notice of this from Seattle Parks and Recreation as well as from the Mount Baker office via Constant Contact or iCrew.
The Mount Baker office and facility will be closed to the public during the closure. The best way to contact the office staff will be via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Like most of you, we have been following the stories regarding the 2019 novel Corona Virus in the news both locally and worldwide. As of now, there are no plans to alter or cancel any programming due to the recent outbreaks. However, Seattle Parks and Recreation, the City of Seattle, and King County Department of Health are all monitoring the situation. We will communicate any changes to our community as soon as possible.
Seattle Parks and Recreation has several resources for patrons:
- Seattle Parks and Recreation Coronavirus Update
- Seattle Parks and Recreation Twitter
- King County Department of Health Coronavirus Information
The Centers for Disease Control has guidelines which have already been widely communicated, but are worth repeating. These key steps are the most important part of minimizing the risk of transmission:
- Stay home if you are sick, and avoid close contact with those that are sick
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, but never with your hands. Disposable tissue is preferable.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer if washing your hands is not an option
- Avoid touching your eyes or mouth
As a facility there are several steps we already take to reduce the risk of viral or bacterial transmission:
- Rowing, sailing, and weight equipment touched by hands are cleaned after every use
- Four hand sanitizer stations are distributed throughout the facility for participant and staff use
- Locker rooms and public areas are cleaned on a regular basis
- Participants and staff that are sick are encouraged to stay home or are sent home
- Participants are strongly discouraged from sharing water bottles
Seattle Parks and Recreation has also increased daily cleaning and disinfection of common areas and frequently touched surfaces in addition to off-shift deep cleaning crews visiting all recreation facilities on a regular rotation. In addition to these steps, Mount Baker is instituting the following:
- We will be increasing our frequency of cleaning and disinfecting common areas such as the main office, locker rooms, and frequently touched surfaces such as door handles with a bleach or alcohol based disinfectant three times a day
- We are requiring that all participants and staff wash or disinfect their hands prior the beginning of each practice and at the end of each practice.
While we are taking these additional precautions, the individual steps such that participants take such as clean hands and staying home if sick are by far the most important in reducing the risk of transmission.
As always, the safety and health of our participants and staff are of the utmost concern. This is a rapidly developing story and we will do our best to respond to this situation as it develops.
We will update this page as new information comes out.