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COVID-19 Related Updates from Solana Center

*** Update as of April 23 ***

We are excited to announce the re-opening of the Food Cycle program Thursday, April 23rd! With the current state of the COVID pandemic and the continued social distancing measures, we will be modifying our procedures for bucket exchange services so we can continue to collect your scraps safely and within social distance protocol. 

Our bucket exchange will be open 2 days a week, on Thursday from 12 pm to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. 

During these hours, bucket exchange will be self-service with no contact or interaction necessary, though staff will be on-site for any questions or assistance as needed.

Our store is still not open, and we are not selling worms, composting materials or other items from our store at this time.

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*** Update as of April 1 ***

Given the latest state and national guidance, Solana Center's store will remain closed and events are canceled or postponed until the Governor’s Executive Order to Stay-at-Home is lifted.

We will continue to monitor developments with COVID-19 and as soon as we are able to open again and reschedule events, we will make sure to announce it publicly.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Solana Center and we appreciate your support for public safety at this critical time.

 

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*** Update as of March 20 ***

The safety of our staff, volunteers, and community remain our top priority, along with complying with all local, state, and federal orders.

Due to the Governor’s Executive Order to Stay-at-Home, the Food Cycle program is on hold until further notice, effective March 20, 2020. We are not accepting bucket exchanges or new sign ups at this time. Participants received an email with further details. If you have any questions, please contact foodcycle@solanacenter.org.

We will still be taking rain barrels orders through March 31, but we will be postponing all rain barrel pickups until the executive order is lifted. Please contact water@solanacenter.org for any further questions.

We will continue to monitor developments with COVID-19 and regularly reassess the situation. We are so grateful for your ongoing commitment to Solana Center and we appreciate your support for public safety at this critical time.

 

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Like you, we are closely monitoring COVID-19 in the San Diego region. The safety of our staff, docents, volunteers, and the people we interact with continues to be of the utmost importance. Our goal is to do everything we can to help curb the spread of this outbreak in our community. We are following guidelines from state and local health officials, as well as common sense in an effort to prioritize the safety and well-being of our community. Solana Center is making several changes in light of the ongoing guidelines. 

All events, workshops and volunteer activities have been canceled or postponed until further notice. This is a precautionary and preventive measure to reduce potential transmission and spread of the COVID-19 virus. As soon as we are able to reschedule events, we will make sure to get those updates out. You can also check our events and volunteer pages for the most up to date information over the coming days.

As of March 17, Solana Center’s store will be closed until April 1. We will continue to follow state and local guidelines, and reassess this timeline as new information comes in. 

Our Food Cycle participants can still exchange buckets but will be moving to a fully self-service model. All Food Cycle participants will receive an email with further instructions. If you have any questions, please contact foodcycle@solanacenter.org.

We will still be taking rain barrels orders through March 31. Due to the fluidity of the current situation, please contact water@solanacenter.org to coordinate pickup after ordering. 

Our staff is of utmost importance to us, and, in addition to the changes outlined above, while at the office Solana Center is taking the following steps for their safety:

  • Disinfecting all surfaces and high touch areas (such as keyboards, light switches, and doorknobs)

  • Maintaining a supply of soap and hand sanitizer for easily and regularly use

  • As always, staying home when feeling sick

  • Washing our hands throughout the day

  • Canceling and limiting events and meetings that bring groups together

  • Staff is able to work from home

These are unprecedented times, and we are working to navigate the rapidly changing information as best we can. Solana Center will remain nimble in our approach, with ongoing guidance from state & local governments. We will continue to monitor developments with COVID-19 and regularly reassess the situation. 

We are so grateful for your ongoing commitment to Solana Center and we appreciate your support for public safety at this critical time. 

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