Respiratory Infection Safety Guidelines

Updated April 2024

As of 2024 there are multiple transmissible respiratory illnesses in circulation, some with the potential for long-lasting or life-threatening health effects. As a community oriented organization, WindowDressers strives to provide a safe environment for anyone who wishes to volunteer. To that end, we provide the following guidelines, based on CDC recommendations, and encourage everyone who attends a community build to observe them as able.

WindowDressers will stay informed about any changes in CDC guidelines and act accordingly./strong>

WindowDressers staff and volunteers may NOT refuse service to anyone based on their vaccination status.



  • Measuring Teams are required to ask the customer if they want Measurers to wear masks during the measuring appointment.

WindowDressers recommends the following:

  • Customers open doors and windows for one hour before the measuring appointment to increase ventilation in the home.
  • On the morning of the appointment, measurers call each customer and screen for symptoms of respiratory illness, especially a fever and/or persistent cough.
    • If the customer answers “yes” to the screening questions, their appointment is rescheduled until after they have been symptom free for 24 hours.
    • If the customer answers “no” to the screening questions, the measurer proceeds with the appointment.
    • The measurer may wear a mask to the appointment if that is their personal preference.

Based on current CDC guidelines, WindowDressers recommends the following:

  • Universal Masking at all Community Builds.
  • Screening at the door for respiratory infection symptoms, such as cough and fever.
  • Stations set up 6′ apart. Try to have 2 members of the same household work together at assembly and wrapping tables.
  • If possible, keep windows and doors open to provide as much ventilation as possible.
  • Use fans to increase air circulation, when possible.
  • The Community Meal may be altered or eliminated, as decided by the local organizing team.

Please Note: The local organizing team may opt for more strict protocols than official WindowDressers protocols at the hands-on Community Build, including requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all participants.