COVID-19 and the nursery

We take the pandemic seriously and ask that you take precautions while visiting and traveling. Even though the nursery is open-air, we require everyone to wear a proper mask, not just a bandana or t-shirt, and maintain a minimum of 6′ or greater distance from employees and other customers.

Agriculture and cannabis have been classified as essential businesses, but no plants are worth people’s lives and health. While getting outdoors in the open air is a relatively safe activity, please wear a mask and maintain physical distance when near others. Plan ahead and bring enough food, water and other supplies for your drive in order to minimize the need to go into stores. Prepay at gas pumps with credit cards if possible instead of going inside. This is important for the health of everyone. The sooner we all do our part, the sooner this can be over.

Regarding masks: masks serve two purposes. The first is to prevent the wearer from spreading the infected micro-droplets and aerosols that come out of our mouths when we cough, speak and even breathe. These droplets contain viral particles if a person is infected. If enough of them are breathed in by an uninfected person, that person will get infected.

Masks also protect the wearer, but to a much lesser extent. That is why even though all Plant Humboldt employees wear masks, we will not serve you and you will not be allowed to enter the nursery without your own mask. Our masks give us only limited protection unless you wear one also.

Adding physical distance between mask wearers increases mask effectiveness all around, especially since we’re not wearing medical-grade, properly-fitted respirators. The more distance and free-flowing air between two people talking, the less likely transmission is to occur. Distance + masks = very effective barrier!

A bandana or t-shirt pulled over your face is not an effective barrier, so it does very little to protect us and less to protect you. That’s why we ask you to wear a 2-layer cloth mask or a surgical mask. If you don’t have one, we have a supply of disposable masks we can give you.

“But I’m not sick! I don’t need to wear a mask.” Maybe you are, maybe you’re not, but you can’t know. What makes this virus so devious is that it can infect you without symptoms for at least several days, often much longer. During this time you are presymptomatic or asymptomatic, but still contagious. Some people are entirely asymptomatic, i.e. they have the virus and recover without ever showing outward symptoms. They are still contagious while infected.

Since there’s no way of knowing one’s infectious status without constant testing, we have to all presume we’re contagious and act to protect each other accordingly. This is based on science and is simple consideration for fellow human beings.

About vaccinations: even though many people will be able to get the new Covid vaccines by the start of the nursery season and even though anyone who has had the virus has developed immunity and is likely not contagious, we have no way of knowing or verifying any individual claims. So for the health of everyone and simplicity’s sake, we will still require masks even if you have been vaccinated.

Be kind. We are in this together.