An update for volunteers and families on the parameters for safe socially-distanced small outdoor gatherings.

The City and County of San Francisco is now allowing socially-distanced Small Outdoor Gatherings, so we want to make sure Braid volunteers & caregivers know exactly what this means for potential Braid team gatherings.

We want to thank all Braid volunteers and families for your flexibility and dedication during these last three months that have been unprecedented and confusing. We know all of this has been frustrating on many levels, but we admire your creativity and persistence in finding new ways to stay in touch. We also very much appreciate all your efforts to keep yourself and your community healthy, and we trust you will continue to do so.

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.

We hope every team will discuss and carefully consider whether you want to try socially-distanced 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.

IF you do consider an in-person gathering, these are the guidelines you must follow, 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.
  • Your gathering must take place entirely outdoors in a public space, with the exception of using a restroom indoors if one is available.
  • All participants must wear face coverings, except when eating and drinking, and bring hand sanitizer (Braid can provide either of these if needed).
  • 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.
  • Your gathering cannot include more than 12 people from different households, or more than 6 people if there is eating or drinking involved.
  • Gatherings cannot last more than two hours.
  • 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.

Other best practices from the City/County:

  • 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.
  • Participants must not move among simultaneously occurring gatherings or switch places with participants in other simultaneously occurring gatherings. Participants are strongly discouraged from attending more than one gathering per day, and should not attend more than two gatherings per week.
  • Gatherings must not include contact sports (e.g., basketball, football, boxing) or sports with shared equipment (e.g. Frisbee, baseball, playing catch) among members of different households.
  • Participants are strongly discouraged from engaging in singing, chanting, or shouting – even if wearing a face covering – due to the substantially increased risk of spreading the virus during such activities.

Again, we hope Braid teams will carefully consider together whether these types of gatherings would be beneficial to your connection with your youth and with each other, or whether they would create more complication and angst.

We realize that this will look different for every team.

Some teams have members who have been quarantining outside the Bay Area, and we know that many of you may not be comfortable beginning in-person gatherings. Whatever you decide, it should honor and include all members of your team.

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.

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. We are in this together, for the long term!

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