We’re open and can’t wait to see you! Our “new normal” is summarized below and the plan that follows has more detailed information.
Visitors & Class Participants
Those renting our Studio space
In accordance with Executive Order 2020-59, William Bonifas Fine Art Center (“The Bonifas”) institutes this COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan (“Plan”).
The Bonifas aims to protect its workforce by enacting all appropriate prevention efforts. The Bonifas is continually monitoring guidance from local, state, and federal health officials and implementing workplace and Plan modifications where appropriate.
Employees with questions are encouraged to contact Susan Roll via phone at 906-212-5230 and/or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employees who are able to perform their essential duties remotely may be permitted to work from home in accordance with approved telework arrangements.
Only critical infrastructure workers performing necessary work are directed to report on-site. For such workers, The Bonifas abides by the recommended social distancing and other safety measures and establishes the following:
The Bonifas provides employees with, at a minimum, non-medical grade face coverings.
In addition, The Bonifas is instituting the following cleanliness measures:
Employees are expected to minimize COVID-19 exposure by:
An employee with a COVID-19 diagnosis or who displays symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must be immediately removed from the worksite.
In response to a confirmed diagnosis or display of COVID-19 symptoms, The Bonifas:
All employees who worked in sustained, close proximity to the diagnosed/symptomatic employee are also removed from the worksite for at least 14 days; however, should these exposed employees later develop COVID-19 symptoms and/or receive a confirmed diagnosis, they may not report on-site until all return-to-work requirements are met, defined below.
The Bonifas completes an OSHA Form 300, as well as a Form 301, “if it is more likely than not that a factor or exposure in the workplace caused or contributed to the illness.” If an employee infects a coworker, the coworker has suffered a work-related illness if one of the recording criteria (e.g., medical treatment or days away from work) is met.
Employees’ “worker exposure” is classified as medium risk by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s guidance because they frequently and/or closely interact with the general public.
Given this classification, The Bonifas provides the following controls in addition to the above-summarized prevention efforts: installing physical barriers where feasible, limiting exposure to the general public, and minimizing face-to-face contact.
Risk and exposure determinations are made without regard to employees’ protected characteristics, as defined by local, state, and federal law.
Any health-related information and documentation gathered from employees is maintained confidentially and in compliance with state and federal law. Specifically, medical documentation is stored separate from employees’ personnel documentation.
The following employees should not report to work and, upon notification to The Bonifas, will be removed from the regular work schedule:
Such employees may only resume in-person work upon meeting all return-to-work requirements, defined below.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the potential risk of exposure, The Bonifas screens employees on a daily basis.
Employees are asked the following questions before entering the worksite:
Employees who develop symptoms during their shift must immediately report to their supervisor and/or Sue Roll, Executive Director.
Employees who were themselves diagnosed with COVID-19 may only return to work upon confirmation of the cessation of symptoms and contagiousness, proof of which may be acquired via the test-based strategy or the non-test-based strategy.
The test-based strategy is preferred but relies upon the availability of testing supplies and laboratory capacity. Under this strategy, employees may discontinue isolation and return to work upon achieving the following conditions:
Under the non-test-based strategy, employees may discontinue isolation and return to work upon achieving the following conditions:
Employees who came into close contact with, or live with, an individual with a confirmed diagnosis or symptoms may return to work after either 14 days have passed since the last close contact with the diagnosed/symptomatic individual, or the diagnosed/symptomatic individual receives a negative COVID-19 test.
Employees are typically required to submit a release to return to work from a healthcare provider; given the current stressors on the healthcare system may accept written statements from employees confirming all the factors supporting their release.
The Bonifas is temporarily suspending the assessment of all attendance points for eligible absences.
In addition, employees may be eligible for paid and unpaid leaves of absence.
Employees may be permitted to utilize available paid-time off provided under The Bonifas policy concurrently with or to supplement any approved leave.
Employees may qualify for two different types of paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”).
Under the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”), employees may seek up to two weeks (i.e., 10 business days) of paid leave for the following reasons:
For full-time employees, two weeks of leave equates to 80 hours; for part-time employees, two weeks of leave equates to a number of hours equivalent to the number of hours usually worked in a two-week period.
Paid leave for reasons 1, 2, and 3, above, is paid at the employee’s regular rate of pay, capped at $511/day. Paid leave for reasons 4, 5, and 6, above, is paid at a rate equivalent to two-thirds of an employee’s regular rate of pay or minimum wage, whichever is greater, capped at $200/day.
Under the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act, employees may seek up to twelve weeks of leave to care for a son or daughter whose school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions. The first two weeks of leave, which run concurrently with the EPSLA leave, may be unpaid; the remaining ten weeks of leave are paid at a rate equivalent to two-thirds of an employee’s regular rate of pay or minimum wage, whichever is greater, capped at $200/day.
Employees who require leave beyond the EPSLA because of their own COVID-19 diagnosis/symptoms, or because they have had close contact or live with an individual with a COVID-19 diagnosis/symptoms, may be eligible for unpaid leave under Executive Order 2020-36 until permitted thereunder to return to work.
Under Executive Order 2020-57, and the federal CARES Act, unemployment compensation benefits are expanded in terms of eligibility, amount, and duration.
Employees who are unable to report to work for reasons related to COVID-19 are referred to Sue Roll, Executive Director for information on unemployment compensation benefits. Such reasons include the following:
Employees may be entitled to unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) if their absence is related to their own serious health condition or that of a family member. COVID-19 may constitute a serious health condition where “complications arise.”
The Bonifas is also mindful of its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Specifically, if an employee requests an accommodation because of a condition that may be complicated by COVID-19 (e.g., cystic fibrosis, emphysema, COPD), then The Bonifas engages in the interactive process to provide a reasonable accommodation. This may mean allowing the employee to work remotely (if reasonable) or work an alternative schedule.
This Plan responds to the COVID-19 outbreak. As this pandemic progresses, The Bonifas will update this Plan and its corresponding processes.
This Plan will expire upon conclusion of its need, as determined by The Bonifas and in accordance with guidance from local, state, and federal health officials.
5. Private Parties
Those renting the Bonifas Studio area are expected to disinfect all surfaces - tables, countertops, handles (door, cupboard, refrigerator, microwave, sink, etc.) after their event has concluded. Anything used from the kitchen area must be placed in the dishwasher and the dishwasher started before the party leaves. All food brought in must be removed. Garbage must be collected into a bag and put in the outdoor garbage cans.
The Bonifas will move more classes outdoors. When indoors, social distancing of 6 feet or more will be practiced. Tables and chairs will be disinfected before and after all classes. Class participants and instructors are expected to wear masks unless medically prohibited. Washing of hands is encouraged before and after classes as well.