COVID-19 and the Wareham Forge
Current : August 14, 2020
Thursday March 25 it was announced by the Ontario Government that 'non essential' businesses are instructed to close. All gatherings of more than 5 people were to be restricted.
The list of 'non essential' businesses was expanded on April 4
- From medical sources, it becomes clear that voluntary isolation is recommended as necessary.
- The Canadian Government has recommended elimination of any non work related travel. ’Social Distancing’ is being stressed from all official sources.
- It is clear that forced 'lock down' procedures are under consideration - if we as citizens do not act responsibly.
1) No one needs to undertake a training program.
2) Students are unknowns
- gathered from a wide area of Central Ontario (and often beyond, originally had three bookings from Alberta)
- no knowledge of their own contact patterns (majority are urban residents)
3) I personally am in at least one of the three primary risk groups : pre-existing medical condition, specifically lung damage. (It could be argued that I also fit a second, as I turn 65 in November, although generally I am in good health and physical condition overall.)
I did in fact catch a ‘medium’ level of N1H2 back in 2009, and have had a few sessions of mid to low level pneumonia over past years.
All of these suggest that I really do need to exercise extra caution in the current situation.
Wareham is a highly rural location. Any contact with the larger general population is normally quite limited.
As of March 13, my partner and myself have been self isolating for individual 14 day periods between any trip outside our home. Trips since that date (second on March 26) have been limited to only groceries in Dundalk (population 750).
Bookings / Deposits / Working Space
1) Any student who has flu like symptoms is expected NOT to attend
2) Any student who cancels a program related to possible COVID-19 symptoms - even on shortest notice - will be offered a FULL REFUND!
3) Any student who wishes to cancel a program due to personal concerns over attending - will be offered a FULL REFUND!
Additions April 6 :
5) Originally scheduled programs from on July 1 must be considered (at best) TENTATIVE.
6) No 'private session' courses will be available before July 1.
Moving forward, it is becoming clear that public event cancellations are moving to at least May, and for major events now increasingly into June dates.
Additions April 2 :
4) The ideal will be for any individual student to have themselves self isolated for the full 14 days leading up to any booked course at Wareham. Students are requested to consider this before making bookings.
Note that in conjunction with this, my partner and myself will ALSO undertaking the same isolation period whenever physically possible.
First announced March 24 :
1) *Courses originally scheduled for April and May are now cancelled*
- Individuals who have pre booked those programs have already been offered either a full refund of their deposits, or the chance to shift their booking to a later course date.
2) Previously announced courses beyond June 1 will remain on the schedule as presented.
These dates will be considered tentative, on the hopes that the situation in Canada stabilizes as time progresses.
3) Any future courses (into at least the summer dates), will be limited - TWO students per session.
The working space at the Wareham Forge will be laid out to provide each of those students with a separate working space. One in the enclosed coal forge room. One in the larger workshop space, utilizing the propane forge. This will provide good 'social distancing' for participants.
I personally expect that the COVID-19 pandemic will result in a major alteration of the lifestyles enjoyed by many over the last three decades, most especially here in Canada.