Covid Policies

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Normal operations have been modified during the coronavirus pandemic to maintain safety and compliance at Asmbly. Where conflicts arise in policies documented elsewhere, the versions outlined here take precedence.

Rules & Expectations

  • All shop area/machine use at the space must be scheduled in Skedda - our online scheduling system.
    • If you have NOT made a reservation via Skedda, you are NOT allowed to use machines or shop areas.
  • Our mask requirements follow APH recommendations and vary depending on what stage we are in. See details below in Stages in Austin's COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines. To verify what stage Austin is currently in, visit their website here.
    • Note: Many of our members use Gill Masks[1].
  • No food in the workshop areas.
    • Closed drinks are permitted in all areas of the space, however food is restricted to the multipurpose room only.
  • Stay home if you don’t feel well, if you have potentially been exposed, or if you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 disease including but not limited to fever, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, cough, loss of sense of taste or smell.

Guest Policy

To minimize the number of people in the space, we are only allowing 1 guest per member at a time. 

Please note the following:

  • Members must be present with their guest at all times.
  • Guest must be listed in Skedda.
  • Guest must be 13-years-old or older.
  • Guest must follow any COVID-19 rules in place.
  • Guest must sign the entry waiver -
  • Guest cannot use any shop-owned tools; they may help you with your project only.
  • Members are responsible for their guest.

Stages in Austin's COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines

Asmbly has used Austin-Travis County's COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines[2], as well as many other sources[3][4][5][6], for guidance on adjustments to operations during various levels of severity during the pandemic. The stages have been updated and simplified to low, medium, and high indicating the risk of community transmission. Below are differences in our operations based on each stage.

All Stages

The following applies to all stages:

  • Woodshop slots available for booking: 6 (+ artisan workbench)
  • Members weekly allotted hours: 24


This stage indicates a high level of community transmission and risk. The city advises to restrict all activity outside the home to only what is "essential." Members are encouraged to consider whether their visit to Asmbly is truly essential during this time.

  • Masks required regardless of vaccination status
  • No in-person meetup groups at the space. Classes and work days still permitted.
    • If you'd like to host a meetup virtually, contact


  • Masks optional for those who are fully vaccinated
    • Masks encouraged for classes and in-person events
  • In-person meetups at the space permitted if sponsored by an Asmbly member and approved by the board


  • Masks optional for those who are fully vaccinated
  • In-person meetups at the space permitted if sponsored by an Asmbly member and approved by the board