Updated July 2. 2021

In accordance with the statewide lifting of rules for masking and social distancing, as ordered by Governor Brown, as of July 1, we won’t be enforcing any masking or social distancing rules at the shop, and we’ll be dispensing with the whole ‘occupancy limit’ thing

Open Hack Nights will be returning, Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm.

We are also keenly aware that not everyone is entirely ready for this. Some of our members have allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues that, it turns out, wearing a mask helps! So you’re welcome to keep wearing them, and we want to make that clear..

Masks are still allowed. No one should give anyone grief for choosing caution here!

Now, all that said, if you have caches at home of disposable paper masks, nitrile gloves, or doomsday stockpiles of toilet paper that you’re ready to get rid of.. EMS would be happy to accept your donation of these items. The masks are great for sawdust, and gloves are always useful around the shop. (We can’t use your washable masks unfortunately, but we’ll gladly take your unused disposables!)

A word of caution though: There is a variant of the Covid-19 virus, the so-called “Delta Variant”, that is showing some concerning momentum and intensity around the world, and it’s already in the US. The World Health Organization is already issuing advice that mask and distancing requirements are still needed. While existing vaccines are showing some promise with this variant, it would be wise to hang onto your supplies and PPE for the time-being, just in case they become needed again in the near future.

So hang onto them for now.. But keep EMS in mind when you’re ready to get rid of them.

Anyways, that’s about it for now: We’re open again.. and the mandates, at least for now, are over. There’s no requirement to wear a mask, but anyone who needs to, or thinks it’s best to keep them on, by all means do what you need to do to be safe and stay healthy

Now… Let’s make something!

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