2021 Safety Guide

NCC is implementing public health safety strategies to mitigate any potential spread of COVID-19 within our facilities. The following guidelines are mandatory and must be adhered to by all who enter our studios so that we can provide the safest possible environment for students, teaching artists, and staff. If it has been brought to our attention that you are not adhering to these requirements, you will no longer be able to participate in NCC classes as stated and agreed to in our required COVID-19 acknowledgement form. We thank you for your understanding and support of these safety strategies.

Conduct a health screening
Before entering NCC, you must self-conduct and pass a health screening. Health screening checklists will be posted at the entrances to NCC. DO NOT enter the facilities if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, new cough, shortness of breath, new sore throat, new muscle aches, new headache, new loss of smell or taste.

Wear a mask at all times inside NCC facilities
This is in accordance with the Minnesota State Executive Order 20-81 that states that any place of public accommodation requires masks to be worn indoors. You must provide your own mask as we will not have masks available at NCC. A handmade cloth mask (2 layers) is recommended. To see a list of approved masks, see this information from the CDC or go to bit.ly/NCCmasks for more information about selecting an appropriate mask.

Keep 6 ft of social distance

  • Wheels are spaced 6 feet apart
  • Xs on the floor denote where to work 6 feet apart in Studio C (handbuilding)
  • Xs on the floor in Studio A & B mark 6 ft of spacing for watching demonstrations
  • One person at a time at the sinks, colored dots mark where you can wait for the sink 6 ft back
  • Max of 3 people at the large wedging tables in Studios A & B, space at least 6 ft apart
  • Teachers will assist from a distance
  • Keep 6 ft of distance from others while moving throughout the studios and glaze bay as much as possible
  • 5 people maximum can use the glaze bay at one time, sign up for access on the Open Studio online form

Wash your hands frequently
Wash your hands with soap and water in the bathroom for at least 20 seconds. (clean your hands of clay first in your own individual buckets). This will help to mitigate any potential spread of germs on surfaces. We recommend washing about once an hour.

Apply the following additional safety measures

  • Clean up in shifts to avoid traffic at the sink area
  • Bring a gallon size bucket that will be used while working and for an individual cleaning station at your wheel
  • Bring your own large sponge for cleaning up your station
  • Dump wastewater in provided 5-gallon buckets rather than in the sink
  • Wash your hands after using any standing water
  • If using NCC’s large sponges, please give them a dunk in the sanitizer bucket once cleaned of excess clay

Confirmed COVID-19 Case Action Plan
If there is a confirmed case from a student, staff person, or studio artist who had entered NCC’s facilities while experiencing symptoms or two days before any symptoms occurred (MDH guideline), we will perform contact tracing to notify those within prolonged proximity of the individual inside NCC facilities of potential exposure. Said individuals must refrain from visiting NCC until 14 days have passed, or at l east 7 full days and a negative PCR test taken at least 5 full days after exposure, per NCC COVID-19 Acknowledgment form, section 2, point iii, and if the individual attended class while they could have transmitted Coronavirus, class meeting will be suspended until 14 days since the day of exposure has passed, and class will instead convene online for the missed in-person week; there will be no in-person make-up session or prorated refund.