Wear a Face Covering at all Times

As part of the Coop’s ongoing effort to maintain a safe and healthy work environment it is mandatory that staff and shopping members wear an approved face covering at all times when working or shopping. Scientific reporting is clear that the wearing of face coverings – when everyone does it – reduces viral transmission.

Reminders on Wearing Your Face Covering:

  • Mask/face covering should fully cover your nose and mouth and tuck under your chin
  • Masks/face coverings should be worn in all areas of the Coop, unless you are alone in the space you are working in or you are actively eating or drinking
  • Avoid touching the front of your mask/face covering, whenever possible
  • Either dispose of or launder your face covering daily
  • If staff do not have an approved face covering, the Coop will provide them.
  • Shopping members must bring their own approved face covering to the Coop.

Approved face coverings include:

  • Bandana
  • Mask (must not have an exhalation valve)

It is mandatory for Coop staff to wear a face covering whenever they are on the clock for the Coop, including when working outside in front of the Coop. This requirement extends to periods of time – such as early morning and later in the day – when shopping members are not present. In other words, staff must wear an approved face covering at all times when at work.

The only exception is while you are eating a meal on second floor or outside. Eating on the shopping floor and in the basement is not allowed. In the staff lunch room (a.k.a. meeting room) make sure to maintain appropriate social distance from other staff who are also on break, and put your face covering back on as soon as you are done eating even if/when you finish your food before you finish your break.

Thank you for your strict adherence to these guidelines, and for you past and future efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.


No Face Masks with Valves (as of July 19, 2020):

Face masks with exhalation valves do not prevent the spread of respiratory droplets.  Below is the relevant guidance from New York City (added emphasis is ours):

“What type of face covering is better — paper or cloth? Either a paper or cloth face covering is fine, as long as it covers your nose and mouth. Do not use a face covering with an exhalation valve. Please do not use N95 respirators, as these remain in short supply—it is essential that we save N95 respirators for our health care workers.”



If you have questions or concerns, please speak to Ann Herpel, Lisa Moore, or the General Coordinator who is your direct supervisor.