Covid-19 Emergency Measures:
March 31st, 2020
UPDATED 01/04/2020 - Driving to the Plot
The government is presently advising the population to stay at home and practice social distancing, whilst being allowed to take one form of exercise a day. If working your allotment is to carry on being seen as legitimate exercise then it is imperative that plot-holders follow all the guidelines, allotment sites are as risky as anywhere else.
Although it is perfectly OK and within government guidelines to visit the plot as a household. We think that now is the time to consider working your plot in isolation.
It is vitally important that you follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene in the points below and not gather together on site.
Driving to the plot, we are aware that in recent days there have been conflicting statements from police forces about driving to your plot. A briefing has now been issued from the College of Policing and the National Police Chief’s Council that advises forces to:
Use your judgment and common sense; for example, people will want to exercise locally and may need to travel to do so, we don’t want the public sanctioned for traveling a reasonable distance to exercise. ………………….. We should reserve enforcement only for individuals who have not responded to Engage, Explain, and Encourage, where public health is at risk.
If you need to drive a reasonable distance to get to your plot then this guide would suggest that it is permissible to do so. However, please walk to the plot if at all possible
Any plot-holder who is self-isolating because a household member is ill with corona-virus should not be visiting the site.
Members should take the following precautionary measures :
- - Keep hand sanitiser in your shed and wash your hands regularly
- - Use hand sanitiser before opening and after closing any gate locks
- - Wash hands when you get home
- - DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 meters apart CLICK HERE for guidance
- - Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 meters
- - If you take your children to the plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.
- - Do not share tools
- - Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
- - Do not wash your hands in water troughs
- - Click here for guidance if you do need to clean an area that has been visited by an infected person.