Friends of Finland/Clair Nelson Center COVID-19 Building Usage Policy

Updated May 7, 2021

Hopeful things are happening! We’re not out of the woods yet, but we are proceeding with our slow plan (below) for reopening the Clair Nelson Center with small group meetings, like Alcoholics Anonymous on Monday evenings at 7:30pm and more activities for youth. Please bear with us as we do this slowly! We are excited and hopeful to see you in person but we need to proceed cautiously.

Current situation – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many indoor activities at the Clair Nelson Center are suspended, except for staff work, Youth activities, kitchen rentals, small group meetings and individual telehealth appointments.

General Remarks – To minimize potential exposure of community members, the best practice is for only one activity to be happening indoors at the Center with no overlaps. Occasional overlaps may be allowed at the discretion of the Operations Lead if they are deemed low-risk. Each group/activity/program must have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan on file with Operations Lead Nancy Anselment-Olson before beginning activities. The group’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan shall outline what they will do to minimize contact and potential exposure between individuals participating in the group activities. Each Plan shall touch on handwashing, clean-up and sanitation of surfaces and/or equipment, distancing, and how they will enforce the mask mandate within their group. We may require Waivers of Liability for certain activities as requested by our insurance company.

Youth Activities – Official and prescheduled youth activities are allowed and have first priority for building usage. Youth Night was previously Thursday evenings from 6-9pm, with some time beforehand for set up of activities. Youth craft activities will, for the most part, utilize this time slot. Other activities will not be scheduled for this time slot. 

Kitchen – Kitchen rentals are currently allowed as long as proper COVID-19 hygiene protocols (as well as all the normal ones) are observed. Rentals must be scheduled with the Building Manager/Operations Lead. Kitchen rentals are the ONLY rentals allowed at this time.

Meetings – As of April 1st, we are allowing use of the meeting rooms for community organizations and groups such as AA who have a demonstrable need for meeting space. Meetings shall adhere to the MN Dept of Health recommendations of 10 or fewer people, and must be prescheduled with Operations Lead Nancy Anselment-Olson. 

Gym Activities – General gym activities are not allowed at this time. We are considering allowing limited gym activities tentatively starting May 1st, again, with a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (see above, General Remarks).

Rentals and Social Events – are not allowed at this time. We are tentatively considering allowing limited rental activities starting June 1st, again, with a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (see above, General Remarks).

All of the above are subject to change based on recommendations of the MN Department of Health and Governor Walz’s Executive Orders. The most likely outcome is the timeline for reopening being pushed back. 

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