COVID GUIDELINES (Updated Mar. 3, 2022)
Although the Covid pandemic does seem to be waning, and the dominant Omicron strain is less virulent, a risk for serious health problems still exists. Therefore, we ask ALL PARTICIPANTS to be diligent in following these guidelines. This is particularly important because many of the participants who attend SDC are our elders, who are most vulnerable.
In the 10 days prior to coming to Shut Down Creech (SDC), we ask that you physically isolate as much as possible, avoid indoor contact with people other than your household members and co-workers, as needed, and follow Covid-safe practices regardless of your vaccination status because of the possibility of asymptomatic transmission to/from others.
All activities at SDC will take place outdoors, including camping/tenting, with a few exceptions: A few beds are available in guest house for those most in need, one person per room, and a small cooking crew will use the guest house kitchen for preparing meals, while masked. we ask that you wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible. (Exception: A small cooking crew, (with masks) will prepare some of the meals inside the Camp Justice guest house kitchen.)
Since risk of Covid transmission is possible by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, we ask EVERYONE to be careful.
Face Masks: We ask folks to please wear a facial mask when unable to maintain physical distance AND especially when Carpooling with others during the week.
Physical Distancing - Keep safe, healthful distancing in all activities during SDC week, when possible. When speaking to each other, six feet is optimal. If staying in hotel rooms, have conversations with your roommate on how to best maneuver around your hotel room and other precautions you can practice to ensure the safety of others. Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces. BEFORE hugging, handshaking and other close physical interactions, please get consent from the person you want to engage.
Wash Your Hands - Wash hands often with soap & water. Hand sanitizer will be available.
NOTE: We do plan to disrupt the criminal business at Creech Drone Terror base via nonviolent direct action; participation at this level is voluntary. Those not participating can lend support in many other ways. Due to the pandemic, these peaceful disruptions will cease at the point that police "warning time" ends, to avoid Las Vegas jail detention, where covid risks are higher.
- Unexpected Arrests: Should anyone get unexpectedly get arrested and taken to jail, we WILL welcome that arrestee back to Camp Justice, but with strict protocol to minimize transmission to others. (i.e. keep 10-25' from others with mask on, keep >25' with mask off; meals will be served to post-arrestees outside the dining area; antigen nasal swab self-tests will also be required, see below)
- Anticipated Arrests: If individual affinity groups choose to voluntarily take their resistance to the point of full arrest, they must arrange for jail support and jail release follow-up ahead of planned action, to include assistance with rides home from jail. We, as a Creecher community, may be able to provide minimal assistance, but that needs to be arranged in advance of a planned action, please.
- We ask that all arrestees who purposefully risk arrest NOT to return to Camp Justice. We WILL support all arrestees with legal assistance, providing pro bono attorneys for at least the arraignments (so you won't need to travel for the first hearing) and financial support for trials, as able. In recent years charges were dismissed BEFORE reaching trial.
For those not sleeping at Camp Justice, we ask you to be EXTRA CAREFUL in following Covid-precautions, even when not at Camp Justice, and to avoid non-essential indoor activities.
Quarantine/Isolation –If you begin to show symptoms while participating at SDC, please notify one of the Shut Down Creech organizers so we can assist you in isolation yourself and/or help you to return home, while also helping to protect other participants. We understand the personal and financial resources spent for your participation, but the health of yourself and others is important to our work and future organizing. After returning home, even if you are symptom-free, we recommend all Creechers isolate themselves as much as possible for 10 to 14 days.
- Antigen Tests (nasal swab) will be available, as needed, especially for arrestees returning to camp following unexpected arrests. Tests will also be available if anyone develops covid-like symptoms after arriving.