COVID-19 Reopening Plans

Cal Poly Rose Float

The following reopening plans for Cal Poly Rose Float have been reviewed and approved by the Cal Poly Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Spaces & Occupancy

Rose Float spaces include the Rose Float Lab (Building 50L) and Rose Float Office (Building 50M). The Rose Float Lab will be available to the Rose Float Leadership Team, ASI Facilities staff and students for small scheduled group work only under the supervision of the Rose Float Coordinator. Contact Rose Float Coordinator Josh D’Acquisto at for questions or more information.



The lab will be opened to students for small scheduled group work only under the supervision of the Rose Float coordinator.

The following example schedule has been proposed for each of the spaces:

  • Thursday: Supervised Student Use — 5:30–9:30 p.m.
  • Friday: Supervised Student Use — 5:30–9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Supervised Student Use — 8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: Supervised Student Use — 8:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.

A cap on total occupants will be enforced. No more than 40 participants will be in the 3,600-square-foot lab at one time to allow for proper physical distancing. No more than 20 participants will be in the 1,300-square-foot office at one time.

Enter & Exit Procedures

The entrance and exit for the lab will be designated and controlled. Entrance to the lab will be staged at 6-foot distances to allow each person entering time to put away their personal items, put on the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), and go to their designated workstation before the next person may enter.

Physical Distancing Measures

Participants will adhere to the following physical distancing plan in alignment with campus guidelines.


Equipment & Supplies

  • Facilities staff will ensure that the facility is well stocked with the supplies needed for physical distancing as well as assess and provide workspaces that allow for appropriate physical distancing.
  • Designated workstations within the lab will be separated by vinyl welding curtains to create a physical barrier in certain locations.
  • Visual floor markers will reinforce proper entrance and exit directions, designated workstations, and general physical distancing requirements.
  • Chair availability in both the lab and office will be reduced to reinforce physical distancing and occupancy guidelines.
  • Revised occupancy standards for each area will be posted.
  • Student use of the office will be for small meetings only under physical distancing conditions with a max of five participants in the general office at a time. No drop-in use is allowed.
  • Meetings with student and staff counterparts in Pomona and officials with the Tournament of Roses will continue to be held virtually to the greatest extent possible.
  • The Rose Float coordinator will return to work on campus in their private office with the office door closed.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Protocol

The Rose Float coordinator has developed a plan for the use of PPE to meet guidelines as provided by the regulating agencies, including:

  • Face coverings will be worn by participants whenever multiple people are in the lab space
  • Gloves will be worn when working in shared spaces as functionally possible. Gloves will not be shared among participants.
  • All participants will receive an orientation for personal safety and cleaning expectations prior to using the facility.
  • Participants will be required to complete an equipment cleaning orientation prior to their first use of the facility. They will be required to clean equipment they come into contact with using disinfecting wipes before and after each use.
  • Building ventilation fans will be on whenever participants are present, not just during welding activities as is standard operation. Both building roll-up doors will also be at least 25% open to provide additional fresh-air ventilation for continuous air turnover.
  • All Rose Float students have been personally issued safety glasses that are engraved with their names. These items will not be shared. Over 200 additional pairs of safety glasses are available on-site and will be issued as necessary to those without glasses. The additional pairs will not be expected to be returned, shared, or re-issued.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed at the entrance to each building as well as in each functional area of the lab.
  • Office tabletops and seats will be cleaned after each room use.
  • Staff will conduct regular disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, equipment, and common areas of the facility using disinfectant cleaning supplies according to CDC guidelines.
  • The restroom will be deep cleaned a minimum of two times per day.

Cleaning Enhancements

  • All tools will be checked out on an individual basis and properly sanitized between uses. This includes large tools such as drill presses and welders which can be locked out between uses and small hand tools which are stored in the tool crib.
  • Student workstations will be spaced out a minimum of 6 feet apart and large stationary equipment will be relocated to accommodate proper physical distancing. Large equipment including mills and drill presses will be locked out when not in use and properly sanitized between uses.
  • ASI facilities staff have their own equipment and will have an area designated for its storage. Rose Float students will not share equipment with facilities staff nor work in the space at the same time. The facilities team will maintain the sanitization of their own equipment.