As San Francisco moves into the orange tier, Braid has updated guidelines for safe in-person gatherings.

1. We don’t want any member of your team to participate in any gathering that you, our youth, and our youths’ caregivers are not completely comfortable with.

2. Volunteers and youth should be wearing masks at all times, maintain physical distancing, and choose outdoor activities over indoor.

Some frequently asked questions:

Q: Can we go back to driving our youth or riding together in an Uber/Lyft?

No. Unfortunately, having multiple riders in vehicles with more than one person and a driver still makes it virtually impossible to social distance. Until the vaccine is available to everyone, we can’t allow this. However, if your team is working with an older youth and their guardian approves, you can call an Uber/Lyft for your youth to meet the team somewhere.

Q: Can we go to indoor attractions like museums, the mall, or the movies?

Yes, if you maintain social distancing and wear your masks.

Q: Can we meet inside restaurants that are re-opening?

It is difficult for members of multiple households to maintain social distancing inside most restaurants, so for now we ask that you stick to getting take-out and eating outdoors where you can spread out.

With any in-person gathering, these guidelines must be followed, per regulations from the City/County and Braid policy:

  • As always, any gathering must include at least two adults.
  • Your team must have clear verbal consent from your youth’s caregiver and your youth that they are comfortable with the outing.
  • All participants must wear face coverings, except when eating and drinking.
  • You must be able to walk to the gathering location from your youth’s home or meeting spot: no riding in vehicles or public transportation.
  • You must not attend any gathering if you feel ill or are experiencing any one of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking/shivering, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, feeling unusually weak or fatigued, new loss of taste or smell, muscle pain, headache, runny or congested nose, or diarrhea.
  • Teams should minimize the use of any shared objects such as food, drink, utensils, and reading materials, and sanitize objects and your hands if it is necessary to share anything.

If some or all of your team members are comfortable with socially-distanced outdoor gatherings, we would recommend that you start to incorporate them gradually, mixed with virtual gatherings or other forms of outreach to your youth.

We hope every team will discuss and carefully consider whether you want to try socially-distanced in-person gatherings, and that you will feel empowered to set your own boundaries, even if those differ among team members. There is no pressure from Braid, and you should feel no pressure from your teammates to participate. Your health is our primary concern.

Please let us know if you have questions about any of these guidelines or what they mean for your team, and please continue to stay healthy and well.

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