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Health & Safety Practices for In-Person PEPS Programs

Vaccination requirements

Vaccines remain the best defense against hospitalization, requiring ICU-level care or a ventilator, or death from COVID-19.

  • As a part of safeguarding the health of our PEPS team and their families, our participants, and our larger community, PEPS implemented a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for in-person programming.

Face coverings

The use of face coverings can help protect yourself and others in close contact.

  • PEPS Groups that start after June 1, 2023 that meet in homes or in hybrid groups will no longer be required to wear masks. If your Group starts before June 1, your Group will continue to mask.
  • Groups meeting at community sites will require eligible adults to wear a snug-fitting, high-quality mask that covers the nose and chin unless actively eating and drinking.  Wear the best quality mask you can get. Examples, in order of quality are: Certified N95, KN95, or KN94 masks; surgical masks, or cloth masks with multiple layers of breathable, tightly woven fabric. People with developmental, behavioral, or medical conditions that prevent wearing a face covering can use a face shield with a drape. PEPS will provide a mask if you are unable to provide your own.

Regular & frequent cleaning of the facility

Increased cleaning protocols will help ensure a clean environment.

  • Ensure adequate ventilation (for example, open windows) and air purifier when possible.
  • Wipe down commonly used surfaces, including door handles, tables/desks, sink faucets, keyboards, and remote controls, between use or daily at the minimum.

Hygiene

The practice of proper hygiene is necessary for assisting in personal health and the health of others.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands immediately. Do not cough into your hands.  If tissue is not available, be sure to cough only into your elbow.
  • Upon entering, everyone is required to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.

Illnesses & exposures

The best way to stop the spread of illness is to keep sick people away from those who are not sick. 

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