Covid-19 Coronavirus Update

This is an update to inform Pumping Station: One members and the general public about our response to the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. Our recommendations and policies will be under continual review as the situation develops. They may need to change rapidly. We will post here when they do.

Prospective Members and General Public

Weekly open houses have been canceled indefinitely.

There will be no events open to the general public at this time. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone to PS1 when the situation improves!

Current Members

The Board is monitoring the policies issued by our own various workplaces, the WHO, the CDC, and the City of Chicago’s Public Health Department. Based on these sources, we are choosing to remain open for now. Members are asked to exercise caution when considering coming to the space. Individuals at greater risk of complications from COVID-19 may want to take extra precautions.

Weekly member meetings will continue to be held via teleconferencing. Look for internal communications regarding attending member meetings virtually.

Revised Guidelines for Current Members

Remaining open to members at this time is a privilege that requires a higher level of member responsibility. 

  • Do not come to PS1 if you are not feeling well. 
  • Current members may still bring guests, though we ask you to exercise discretion when doing so. As always, guests may not use any PS1 equipment that requires authorization. Do not bring guests that are not feeling well.
  • To promote social distancing best practices, there will be no in-person meetings, events or new equipment authorizations held at the space.
  • Informal member gatherings, such as team-based project work, should be limited to no more than ten (10) persons.

If you will be working in the space, we expect all members and guests to do the following: 

  1. Clean and disinfect tools and surfaces before and after work. Plenty of soap exists in the shop. There are also bottles of 70% alcohol disinfectant (labeled “Novid-19”) provided throughout the space. 
  2. Wash your hands regularly and often. Scrub for at least 20 seconds. Don’t forget in between your fingers and under your fingernails. 
  3. Do not touch your face with, or sneeze or cough into, your hands. Use a tissue or paper towel if you need to. 
  4. Lend a hand by wiping down common human touchpoints – door knobs, levers, machines, workspaces, etc.
  5. Practice social distancing and avoid physical contact.
  6. Hold other members accountable for good hygiene. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email us.  Thank you for helping us take care of the space and each other!


Board of Directors, Pumping Station: One

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