The health and safety of TACF employees and volunteers is of the upmost importance to the organization. COVID cases are on the decline as some of the US population chooses to get vaccinated.  However, there is still a large portion of the US population that has not been vaccinated for a variety of reasons.  Also, there are several COVID variants that continue to spread and infect a portion of the population.  For these reasons it is important to stay vigilant in order to reduce the spread of COVID.  All of the employees of TACF have chosen to be vaccinated and as such the organization is updating its COVID protocols.  A person is considered vaccinated 2 weeks after their second Pfizer or Moderna shot or 2 weeks after their first J&J shot.  As a science based organization that conducts a great deal of external outreach, TACF strongly encourages all employees to get vaccinated in order to help prevent the spread of COVID and keep our constituency safe.  This recommendation applies to all current and future employees.

Asheville Office – All of the current Asheville office employees have been vaccinated.  As a result, more than one vaccinated employee may be in the office at the same time.  Furthermore, masks are not required to be worn indoors (or outdoors) nor is social distancing required to be followed for vaccinated employees.  This applies as long as everyone together has been vaccinated.  Unvaccinated employees will be required to work from home as well as wear masks and practice social distancing indoors and outdoors when in groups of other people (employees or volunteers).

Meadowview Farm – All of the current MV farm employees have been vaccinated.   As a result, more than one vaccinated employee may be in the office at the same time.  Furthermore, masks are not required to be worn indoors (or outdoors) nor is social distancing required to be followed for vaccinated employees.  This applies as long as everyone together has been vaccinated.  Unvaccinated employees will be required to work from home as well as wear masks and practice social distancing indoors and outdoors when in groups of other people (employees or volunteers).

Regional Science Coordinators – All of the current RSC employees have been vaccinated.   As a result, more than one vaccinated employee may be in the office at the same time.  Furthermore, masks are not required to be worn indoors (or outdoors) nor is social distancing required to be followed for vaccinated employees.  This applies as long as everyone together has been vaccinated.  Unvaccinated employees will be required to work from home as well as wear masks and practice social distancing indoors and outdoors when in groups of other people (employees or volunteers).

Company Travel – All travel restrictions have been lifted for all vaccinated TACF employees.  All unvaccinated employees will need to adhere to a no travel ban in order to reduce the spread of COVID.

Personal Travel – All vaccinated TACF employees will not be required to quarantine after returning from personal travel (domestic or international).  Any unvaccinated employees will be required to quarantine for 2 weeks after any personal travel (domestic or international).

Volunteers –  TACF has a large volunteer base that is vital to its mission.  It will be impossible to know if our volunteers are vaccinated or not.  TACF will rely on the honor system in order to understand the vaccination status of any volunteers.  Vaccinated volunteers will not be required to wear masks or practice social distancing while participating in any TACF programs (indoors or outdoors).  Unvaccinated volunteers will be required to wear masks and practice social distancing while participating in any TACF programs (indoors or outdoors).

Events – TACF conducts a number of events (TACF national meeting, chapter meetings, chestnut plantings, etc.) and will request that in-person attendees be vaccinated in order to attend without masks and social distancing.