Hacker Lab is Reopening June 1st; and Important Directives to Members re: COVID-19

***Infographic added 5/21

We're excited to welcome you back on June 1st! Please read this infographic carefully for new protocols we are implementing to ensure the safety of our members, guests and the wider public.

1. Stay home if you are sick. We're committed to safety.

On June 1st, we are re-opening our maker space and coworking area, limiting entrance to our socially-distanced seating and reservable equipment. If you display any symptoms, please stay home. If you need to, please call or email to re-instate your membership: [email protected].

2. Be mindful of social distancing and these guidelines

Wave hello! The safety of our community is up to us. We will be officially open, with some adjustments made in consultation with state guidelines for manufacturing and office spaces. These include:

- Spaced-out seating with dividers in main coworking, capping entrance to match;

- Masks worn at all times within the Lab;

- Access to certain tools and rooms will be limited to individuals or a small number of members;

- Disinfectant stations to wipe before + after use;

- 1-on-1 in-person equipment training (no larger class sizes until possibly Stage 3);

- Late Stage 2:  Reservable private rooms.

3. Watch state and county guidelines for next steps

What's next for us?

We anticipate being able to offer full, in-person classes and host meetups later this year — minus large events — when California enters Stage 3. But it's hard to know.

We are beyond grateful to our members and the community that has allowed us to continue, support mask-making and connect small businesses with federal support. Thank you.

We've posted great online events, free for members and many free for the wider community, including meditations, business workshops, marketing classes and support networks, as well as ways to get support during the crisis at hackerlab.org/online.

***Added April 17th 2020

For resources to help small businesses, entrepreneurs, and freelancers navigate COVID-19, click here.


***Update as of April 1st 2020

In light of the increased severity of the current COVID-19 epidemic, combined with the community effort being undertaken to provide shields for healthcare workers primarily in the Rocklin location but with some operations in the Sacramento location, we are modifying our rules on space entry and use.  Please find the relevant points below.  Please be assured that these requirement were not issued lightly.

COVID-19 Requirements for Accessing Hacker Lab:


  2. If you are part of a high-risk population, or share living space with a high-risk person, please do not come into the space.  Here is the CDC recommendations:

  1. All members of Hacker Lab are responsible for their own safety and for the safety of those around them.  If you see a member who is in violation of our Maker Space rules, you are encouraged to gently and politely tell the member suspected of violating a rule why you feel they are in violation of our rules.  You are encouraged to politely ask them to comply with the Hacker Lab rules. If this does not work call 916-514-7044 ext 3 or email [email protected] 

  2. Operation Shields Up is currently operating in the Rocklin space and has a very large footprint in order to make PPE for local healthcare workers.  Because of this, some resources and parts of the Rocklin lab will be unavailable.  Please respect their equipment, we will be marking it off in the following days.  Sacramento City College is initiating an operation in the Midtown facility starting week of 3/30.  Be aware and respectful as protocol is being developed.

  1. All Hacker Lab members still have access to the space to conduct their own essential business. Members are expected to adhere to social distancing, respect the OpShieldsUp designated spaces and equipment, and restrict time at Hacker Lab to essential business.

  1. Hacker Lab is currently closed to non-members with a few exceptions.  OpShieldsUp may have vetted volunteers on site, supervised by Hacker Lab OpShieldsUp Members, and other specific exemptions may be negotiated with Hacker Lab staff.  Now is not the time to come in for a tour, or show the space off to your friend(s). 

  1. Wash/sanitize hands when entering AND exiting the building and before putting on gloves.

  2. It is required that you wear a mask and gloves while in the building. Please bring your own mask if possible as they are in short supply.  Keep something over nose and mouth to prevent droplets from contaminating surfaces and other people. Do not remove mask/shield and set on surfaces. If a mask is touched/lifted temporarily keep it on your person.  It is recommended to use the spray bottles of 70%+ Isopropyl Alcohol to sanitize your hands/gloves before and after touching your mask/nose/mouth or eyes.

  3. No food or eating downstairs in the Rocklin Space (including the downstairs kitchen), or in the Coworking space of midtown outside the kitchen area.  Exposure through finger food is an extremely high and efficient vector for contamination! Take all leftovers home immediately to prevent further contamination.

  4. If you have to blow your nose or touch your face/mask, wash your hands/gloves before or use your sleeve. Once you have touched your face/nose/mask please wash/sanitize your hands/gloves again.

  5. Wipe all keyboards, counters and touched surfaces with alcohol or bleach spray before and after you use a station.   Bleach spray is suitable for counter surfaces, handrails, etc. 70%+ Alcohol spray is suitable for keyboards, key pads, mice, tools, etc.

  6. Never reuse gloves or masks unless they are specifically washable – Dispose of gloves and mask after use.   Washing cloth masks in a bleach solution will sanitize it (be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry before wearing).  Drying paper masks for 3 days in the sun will sanitize it according to studies.

  7. When coughing or sneezing direct to your elbow, not your hands.

  8. Wipe/spray phones, computers, and mice that are brought into the building with alcohol on entry and exit.

  9. Maintain your social distance whenever possible. Masks are not complete protection, only an improvement in safety.

  1. Please respect each other: This crisis affects everyone differently.  Some may be on very little sleep, others may be stressed.  Remember to treat your fellow humans with respect. 

Thank You,
Hacker Lab


Previous Post:

As of March 19, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., the Sacramento County Health Officer is directing all individuals living in the county to stay at their place of residence except for essential activities.  The most recent updates can be found here, however a crucial component of the directive is to cease gatherings of any size.

As a result of these new directives we doing the following:

  1. We are cancelling all classes and meetups until at least the end of this month

  2. We are limiting Hacker Lab facility access to members-only for “essential business”

  3. We are not allowing any guest visitors to enter the facilities.

  4. We will be issuing a class credit to everyone who purchased a ticket so they can take the class at a later date.

  5. We are pausing memberships to anyone who requests.

Why we’re not locking the doors outright:

It was a difficult decision whether to remain open to members only or close down entirely.  As it’s written, the County directives limit workplaces to “essential business”.  Many of our members’ livelihoods depend on access to the Maker Space or their offices.

If you are a member and and come to Hacker Lab:

  • Do not come into the Lab unless it is essential for your business

    • Only those performing essential duties that cannot be performed by telecommuting should physically come to the Lab

  • Do not come into the Lab if you have a cough, fever, or feel sick.

  • All members must maintain a safe social distance from others at all times while at the facility.

  • Avoid handshakes, high fives, fist bumps, cover any coughs, and keep a healthy distance between other individuals.

  • You must wash your hands at least every 3 hours with warm soap and water, and after any interaction with others or surfaces that others may have touched.

  • We're disinfecting common surfaces multiple times a day.

  • Please help us by wiping down any space or equipment you use when done.

We are actively monitoring the situation and will send updates as additional information becomes available.

If you’re a member who needs a special accommodation in equipment or training for an essential business purpose, please reach out to [email protected]

The new directives can be found below.  We highly encourage everybody to read and follow these directives.

Your support during this time is essential for the long-term success of our business.  We are a small start-up, and this is going to be a very difficult storm for us to weather. We are doing everything we can to do right by our community, our employees, and to survive this unprecedented situation.  

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by replying to this email.

We are confident that together, as a community we will make it through this.  It's times like this that strengthen our grit and hone our focus on what is most important.  Together we will overcome this challenge and be stronger than ever.  

- Team Hacker Lab

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