As we are currently in a unprecedented situation with the COVID-19 (Corona Virus) outbreak in the UK, I wanted to issue a note with guidance to all members of the society, as well as Lichfield District Council page & National Allotment Society page with useful information updated regularly:
As it stands allotments are not required to close and can be used as part of the once a day exercise that the UK Government has advised leaving the house for.
- Anyone aged 70 or over or anyone who has a significant health condition, such as heart disease and lung disease as well as women who are pregnant, need to take extra care to minimise social contact for 12 weeks from the end of this week (week commencing 16 March). - This is strong governmental advice and should be adhered to.
- If anyone is on site at the allotments they should be reminded that in order to reduce risk they should:
- Always carry tissues and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and hot water. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Avoid shaking hands/kissing when greeting people
- Maintain at least 2.5m distance between individuals
- As you know our sites only have cold water in the troughs, do not wash your hands in these. Also during this period please refrain from using the welfare facilities on the sites.
- If you are visiting the allotments, take hand sanitizer with you are use regularly especially after coughing or sneezing. Please take all rubbish home with you do not compost tissues or similar.
- I recommend that your wear gloves at all times, especially when opening sheds and gates. Please sanitize hands before and after use of the communal areas if no gloves are worn.
As it stands the Society is not in a position to provide hand sanitizer on site.
- The Symptoms of COVID-19 are
- a cough
- a high temperature (of 37.8 degrees Celsius or more)
- shortness of breath
- Anyone displaying any symptoms of the virus, or anyone with a household member who is self-isolating, should not enter onto allotment land under any circumstances and must follow the advice as set out by Public Health England.
As it stands there is no legislation or mandate for the allotments to close, however this could change and these measures could be imposed.
Anyone showing symptoms or living with someone that has shown symptoms, please let myself know and when the last time you visited your plot was, and which site you are on.
If you are unable to leave the house due to self isolation please contact us and where possible we will look to tend to your plot if required. i.e. watering, harvesting (to ensure product does not go past its best) etc.
Should you have any further questions please contact myself on ChairmanLDAS@gmail.com
Please stay safe during this time.
As this is a fast changing situation the guidance is updated regularly, please continue to check back. If anything changes that alters our position i will issue out a communication.