Coronavirus: Doubling down on health + remote work

Here at Vibe, the health and safety of our members is our top priority—today and every day. Like you, we are monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak closely. 

We are using updates from the Kitsap Public Health District and the US Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s interim guidance to businesses for preventing workplace exposures and illness from Coronavirus to implement a number of precautionary measures that support continued health and wellness, while also supporting emergency business continuity and contingency planning that may include an expansion of remote work policies. 

Many of our members are reporting that their employers have put non-essential travel bans into place this week, canceled large-scale meetings and expanded opportunities to skip the commute and stay closer to home here in Kitsap.
With this in mind, you’ll see some changes around here in the spirit of maximizing public health and wellness to the very best of our ability, and in connection with guidance provided from the CDC. Most notably:

  • We have reinforced our on-site cleanliness measures, such as more frequent wiping and disinfection of all work surfaces, handles and devices, and equipping the space with additional sanitization products.

  • We’ve made additional tissues, disposable cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer readily available throughout the space. Please use them! Similar to wiping down your equipment at the gym after a good workout, please wipe down your workstation after each use.

  • We love seeing you here, but… if you’re feeling at all sick, please stay home. Vibe members and guests who show signs of respiratory illness, those experiencing fever within the last 24 hours, or those with household members with signs of respiratory illness or fever may be asked to leave.

Remote work options can be a really good thing 

The current CDC recommendation for reducing risks of exposure to COVID-19 in business settings is a practice known as “Social Distancing”. Social Distancing calls for reducing the size of work groups and gatherings. 

At Vibe, we’re currently in a position to be able to maintain the highest possible standards in healthy small business work environments, while also supporting emergency business continuity policies that may allow employees of large companies avoid commutes on crowded public transportation and/or refrain from attending large meetings and events. 

  • The flexibility of our Day Pass, month-to-month memberships and hourly conference room rental options help employees who are currently operating under expanded remote workforce strategies find a successful solution. Remote workers are welcome here!

  • The availability of high speed broadband fiber internet at Vibe Coworks (Poulsbo), and The Spot (Bremerton) supports the increased demands of remote collaboration tools and video that may not be possible from home.

  • All conference rooms at Vibe Coworks and The Spot can support streaming of live presentations and events to allow for hybrid in-person / virtual event attendance by smaller or more easily monitored groups, while reducing or eliminating business travel.

  • The Spot, our newest meeting room location in Bremerton, offers the unique option of a fully private meeting and team off-site location, available by the hour (two hour minimum).

Simple steps to stay healthy 

Remember! Everyone should take simple steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash your hands frequently

  • Avoid touching your face

  • Cough and sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue, then throw away the tissue

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Stay home when you or a family member is sick

  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces

People with mild symptoms should stay home and rest. People who are severely ill or at high risk for severe illness should stay home and call their health care provider.

For more information and updates about Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the following official resources:

US Center for Disease Control 
Washington State Department of Health
Kitsap Public Health District