The measures taken by Space Camp Turkey concerning the Covid-19 virus were determined by evaluating the circulars published by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of National Education, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health and the Scientific Committee based in Turkey. Space Camp Turkey will start the new period with new measures and procedures to keep its participants, visitors and employees safe and healthy.

These new measures and procedures include the following topics.

1 - General Precautions

  • All camp staff was provided with comprehensive training on COVID-19 and preventive measures by our workplace physicians and OHS specialists; working areas are organized with respect to these measures.
  • By keeping doors and windows open within the activity areas, natural ventilation is provided regularly for 24 hours.
  • Hygienic mats with disinfectant pool are placed at the visitors and staff entrances.
  • Before the camp program starts, all participants will be informed about social distance, rules to be followed, hygiene measures and general measures; the alerts will be replayed throughout the program with information screens and visual reminders within the facility.
  • Guests will not be accepted to visit the camp participants.
  • All cleaning instructions were renewed as part of the measures taken. Frequency of cleaning and disinfection, especially in common areas and at the frequent contact points, has been increased. Disinfection is carried out by the disinfection team once a week, using the Nano-silver technology throughout the building and also using the ULV device for comprehensive fogging.
  • Antibacterial liquid soap is used in toilet and shower areas. Hand dryers used in addition to disposable paper towels are excluded.
  • Arrangements have been made in the program flow in order to reduce the number of times teams encounter each other.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations are located in the common areas of the facility.
  • It is made compulsory to wear a mask for all staff. “Hygienic Waste” collection areas, which do not require physical contact by hand, have been created for mask and glove waste.
  • Seating arrangements were created according to the social distance rule.

2 - Measures to be Taken During Program Registration

  • A HES Code* will be requested from each participant and visitor before entering the camp within the scope of Covid-19 measures. HES (Life Fits Into Home) Code, is an implementation made mandatory within the scope of the Turkish Ministry of Health Covid-19 measures.
  • The participant having been deemed "risky" according to the HES Code result cannot enter the camp and will not be accepted to the program.

    *During controlled social life conditions, HES (Hayat Eve Sığar – Life Fits Into Home) code helps you safely share your Covid-19 risk status with institutions and individuals for activities like transportation or visit. Visit the link below to get a HES Code.
    https://hayatevesigar.saglik.gov.tr/hes-eng.html
  • The result of a PCR test have been had at most 48 hours before the camp start date will be requested from each participant within the scope of Covid-19 measures. Participants who do not submit the negative PCR test result and the HES code which marks the participant as not risky before entering the camp will not be accepted to the program.
  • A PCR test result will not be requested if the participant holds a valid vaccination card and/or had the disease within 3 months before the camp start date.
  • Participants who have had the disease within the last 10 days prior the program start date cannot enter the camp and will not be accepted in the program.
  • Under the Republic of Turkey Presidential Circular (2020/8), a letter of undertaking will be requested from all participant candidates stating that they do not have a chronic disease that is considered to be in the risk group. (A report can be obtained from the “e-nabız” website for the Turkish participants or a physician can be consulted.)

    Chronic diseases in the risk group for chronic COVID-19 disease determined by the Ministry of Health with regard to the Republic of Turkey Presidential Circular (2020/8) are as follows; patients still receiving immunosuppressive therapy, cancer patients receiving metastatic and / or chemotherapy / radiotherapy, solid organ transplantation except cornea transplant, patients with bone marrow / stem cell transplantation, patients with chronic obstructive or destructive pulmonary disease or history of status asthmaticus, insulin-dependent diabetes and complicated (cerebrovascular, coronary, kidney, polyneuropathy) non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus patients, complicated hypertension (cerebrovascular, kidney, congestive heart failure), patients with decompensated heart failure, patients with acute coronary syndrome, chronic liver and kidney failure, and cerebrovascular disease (stroke , bleeding).

  • A written undertaking will be requested from the participants, stating that they do not have any diseases in the risk group associated with COVID-19, did not come in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days, and do not carry symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and headache, shortness of breath, diarrhea, vomiting, body aches.
  • No one (parent, participant, chaperone, etc.) will be allowed to enter the facility without a face mask.
  • Participants are requested to change their face masks before entering the camp. They are also expected to bring sufficient number of face masks that would allow them to switch to a new face mask once every 3 hours during their time at camp.
  • Participants will be provided an opportunity to change their face masks after entering the camp and disinfect their hands (or wash them with soap and water) in the areas pointed out to them.
  • Non-contact fever measurement will be carried out by the healthcare personnel at the registration stage to be held at the camp. Students whose fever is above 37.8 ° C will not be admitted to the camp.
  • Parents and / or chaperones will not be allowed to enter the facility and / or wait for the program to end within the facility.

3 - Measures to be Taken During the Program

  • All participants are required to wear face masks. All participants will make 1 face mask change every 3 hours. The used face masks will be collected in the hygienic waste boxes at the facility under the supervision of authorized personnel.
  • Temperature of the participants will be taken during the day and participants who have a fever above 37.8 ° C and / or who have respiratory distress and symptoms of cough will be separated from the program as a precaution and reported to the workplace doctor.
  • Participants will be reminded to wash their hands frequently and not to share their food, drink and personal belongings.
  • Space Camp Turkey has taken all necessary measures in its cafeteria in accordance with the rules of social distance. 
  • Program capacities have been updated in accordance with pandemic terms.

(For Accommodated Programs)

  • The number of students to be accommodated in dormitories has been reduced in accordance with the pandemic conditions.
  • Guest teachers are not allowed to share a room together.
  • Maintenance, cleaning and filter changes of the central heating-cooling systems operated to provide fresh air circulation are made in accordance with the procedure.
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