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DGRS Operations to Resume at the CRRM
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THE DENVER GARDEN RAILWAY SOCIETY
The Colorado Railroad Museum
Planning for Re-opening
Below is how the DGRS operations will be handled.
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The CRRM opens on June 2nd, DGRS members will be able to operate the garden railway and will need to follow all protocols listed .

Members will need to check in at the library as the CRRM instructions require for a temperature check, masks worn at all times.

There will be two shifts available each day Tuesday through Sunday, 9-12noon and 1-4 pm. This gives an hour to remove trains. leave the garden railway and avoid having more than 6 people inside the GR.  

DGRS member will need to reserve a morning or afternoon shift and date by contacting Alan by text @303-748-0957 or @ alanno@comcast.net for e-mail. It will work best if friends or families join together when possible.  

There is a tradition for the "Sunday Bunch" to have Sunday mornings and live steamers to have Wednesday morning. We will continue that for simplicity until restrictions ease. Reservations for specific tracks will be available.

Members may come in on foot through the double gates by the pavilion as usual, no vehicles are allowed in for drop off or pick up for the time being. You may call Jeff Hardy to ask for a cart ride @ 720-415-3557 Tuesday through Saturday.

Please keep distance from the garden railway fence when possible when visitors are present and load trains on tracks #1 and #2 so that you avoid close contact with visitors. You can ask visitors to stand back from the fence while trains are loaded or go to an area of the GR that does not have visitors near the fence.

Proper spacing will be required for the deck chairs and benches. No more that two people at a time inside the Alpine Tunnel building.

Thank you, Alan
 
Notice from the Colorado Railroad Museum:
From: Evan Weber (He/His/Him)
Education and Community Outreach Coordinator 

Hello CRRM Volunteers,
 
           The moment is here! We are finally getting ready to reopen the Museum to the public and cannot wait to see you all again! With this opening we are implementing some new policies, effective immediately. Please bear in mind that the COVID-19 situation is a fluid one, and as we return to business, policies may change. However, please be assured that my number one goal as the volunteer coordinator is your safety when on our campus. Below are the policies we will have in place.

Please read over each point carefully and reach out to me with any questions that you may have.
 
  1. Masks
    1. While we have decided against requiring the use of gloves, we have made an initial order of 200 two-ply masks that are intended to resemble bandanas worn on the railroad. They fasten securely behind the head so they should not conflict with hearing aids or glasses that are secured behind the ears. They can be picked up from either Rob in the Library or from Guest Services. As our volunteer ranks expand, we will order more. Beginning May 26, all staff and volunteers are required to wear masks at all times.

       
  2. Temperature-taking
    1. All staff and volunteers will have their temperature taken prior to each shift and temperatures will be recorded on datasheets. Any employee or volunteer recording a triple-digit temperature will need to leave the premises immediately and notify the appropriate personnel via phone/Slack/email. Thermometers will be located in the Library and Roundhouse. This measure will begin sometime in May.

       
  3. Ailing Volunteers
    1. Any volunteer who is feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 must self-quarantine. During that time of self-quarantine volunteers cannot come to the museum. Make sure you are in contact with your site supervisor and communicate with them about your work-related duties.

       
  4. New Museum Hours
    1. Effective immediately and indefinitely the Museum will be open to the public Tuesday through Sunday. This makes sense in response to COVID-19 as it will allow a cleaning/disinfectant day each week. Beyond that, however, it will support us in a number of ways: it will help lessen the effects of being understaffed, for both paid and volunteer shortages; it will allow for more staff to be present when our patrons are here on Saturdays and Sundays; it will aid the implementation of an “Officer of the Day” program to proactively address customer service concerns over our precautions and policies; and finally, it will align us with most museums of our size in terms of hours of operation.

       
  5. Museum Visitors
    1. We will encourage patrons to wear a mask, particularly indoorsSignage will support this as will Guest Services upon entry, and any Volunteer or member of staff stationed at the entrance to the upper and lower galleries and restrooms. Masks will be available for sale for those patrons that do not arrive with one. Patrons who refuse will still be given the option of visiting the Museum, but they will be asked to restrict their visit to outside areas and open-air cars if they ride the train. We will not be in the business of roaming the grounds and maintaining enforcement, but we will gently remind guests without masks that visiting the upper or lower galleries requires a mask.

       
    2. We will limit the directions patrons can travel. Patrons arriving on site will be directed to an entry station where they will check-in and get all the information they need about current operations at the Museum. Floor signage will encourage appropriate spacing. Stanchions will then guide them down the east side of the hallway towards the restrooms and the west exit to the Museum grounds. A staff member or volunteer will be stationed at the junction point and will limit groups entering the Lower Gallery to three groups maximum, with only one group at a time allowed in the HO display. Only two groups will be allowed at a time in the Upper Gallery and bathrooms will be monitored (from outside) to avoid overcrowding. All of these areas will require guests to actively wear masks. Patrons are free to move about the grounds as they desire, visiting whichever exhibits are open (following guidelines set forth with signage at each location) with just two exceptions: riding the train will be done with timed tickets and social distancing; and exiting the museum is down the west side of the “Donor Wall” hallway with purchases occurring at Register #1 (main register), unless only one GS Specialist is on duty.
 
Also, we are looking right now for volunteers who are interested in participating in our Gallery Host program. This position will be located in our main depot and will help facilitate museum visitors moving through our building safely. This will primarily mean keeping a stern eye on how many visitors we have going in/out of the lower gallery. If you are interested in this position please email me at evan@crrm.org with the subject line “Gallery Host”.
 
I know that this is a lot to take in, and I am sure that some of you will have questions. Please know that I am available to answer any questions or have discussions with you about this.
 
Thanks,
 
Evan Weber (He/His/Him)
Education and Community Outreach Coordinator  
D: (720)-974-4870
evan@crrm.org
https://coloradorailroadmuseum.org/
17155W. 44th Avenue, Golden, CO 80403
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