COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies
Mitigation practices are those efforts put in place operationally as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent the rapid transfer of the virus. A mitigation strategy includes a plan of mitigation practices that are implemented at the winery, cidery, or alcohol-producing facility that are practiced by all employees. It should be noted that mitigation practices (e.g., wearing facial cloth coverings/masks, sanitizing high-touched surfaces) are not a replacement for social distancing practices as the virus spreads through person-to-person interaction.
Please remember that state and local recommendations also vary in relation to COVID-19. This document will primarily focus on federal recommendations, but it does not replace the need for wineries to double check local and state guidance.
A Checklist to Implement a COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy
The following is a checklist for you to gauge how prepared your winery is during the COVID-19 pandemic while also providing recommendations on how wineries can implement mitigation practices within the wine production facility.
While businesses may not be able to implement all mitigation strategies, a best effort is in the interest of the business to operate as safely as possible as preparation will guarantee greater efficiency during high intensity periods of time, such as harvest.
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For More Information
The information is this document are suggestions, only. For sensitive practices, employers should review recommendations from their state’s Department of Health and to discuss details with legal counsel.
DG Winemaking also offers one-on-one consulting for wineries and other alcohol-producing facilities to prepare the facility and production staff under COVID-19 restrictions. The Darn Good Winemakers membership offers group consulting at a low monthly cost and meets twice per month to discuss issues pertaining to members. Mini-Consults and hourly services are available for all of those not in a contractual agreement with DG Winemaking. All DEMI, STANDARD-V, STANDARD, and MAGNUM clients are eligible for this service. You can find more information about consulting services here. Inquire about the current rates for each consulting package at firstname.lastname@example.org.