The National Allotment Society is working to provide clarity for our members on what the virus outbreak and ensuing impacts will mean for Allotment Holders. As more information become available, we will be updating our advice to our members, please read the Q & As below on how the outbreak is affecting Allotment Sites and their use.
PLOT HOLDERS - PLEASE READ THIS UPDATE - 02/06/20
Covid 19 Emergency Measures
We are all living through a crisis, the likes of which the country has not experienced since war time. The community spirit that exists on allotment sites is now vitally important. Please remember to look out for one another during these very difficult times and take all the steps you can to reduce the risk of contagion from the Covid- 19 virus when you visit the plot.
Covid -19 - The virus that causes COVID 19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks. The droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and they quickly fall and contaminate floors and surfaces.
Smaller airborne particles can remain in the air for some time. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of a person who has Convid-19- hence the 2m social distancing requirement, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands.
· You can visit your plot with members of your household ONLY – (Guests/Visitors are still not permitted).
· You may stay at your plot for as long as you like, exercise time is no longer restricted.
· Take a flask of hot water, soap and paper towels for hand-washing. (cold water works too).
· Use hand sanitiser (60% alcohol content) before entering the site and opening gates/locks.
· Wash hands for at least 20 seconds after closing the gate/lock, dry with a paper towel.
· Wash your hands again for 20 seconds, dry with a paper towel before opening and closing the lock to leave the site.
· Use hand sanitiser after closing the lock and wash hands when you get home.
· Continue to observe “Social Distancing” with each other, remain 2 metres apart.
· You can drive to the allotments.
· If you take your children to your plot, ensure that they stay within its confines and do not run around on communal paths and spaces.
· If you have chickens/hens you must continue to care for them in the normal way, this is deemed essential travel due to animal welfare. The same applies for those keeping Bees – which are also classed as livestock. Please continue to take into account social distancing measures. For more information visit the BBKA website.
· Do NOT attend the plot if you have coronavirus symptoms or a family member is self-isolating.
· DO NOT touch your face after using anything that has been touched by other people- use an elbow to work the push taps.
· Do NOT share tools
· Do NOT wash your hands in water troughs
If you are self-isolating, shielding, or cannot come to your plot for any reason, please inform the Committee so that we can make allowances for your situation, and get in touch if need arises.
Guests/Visitors - no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency, if you wish to bring someone to assist with work on your plot, email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Communal Water Points – using taps and water troughs, could potentially spread the disease, so please ensure you follow good practice around social distancing and hygiene, ideally wear gloves.
Toilets – The toilet is closed – do not continue to use this, you are putting yourself and others at increased risk.
AGM – We were unable to hold our AGM earlier in the year, and we hope to reschedule this for the near future. Committee meetings are held online, and the committee remain dedicated to the safe and fair running of the site during these times.
Shops – the shop remains closed for the time being. We are attempting to sell compost once a month, as deliveries allow. Notice of this is given through email and a sign goes up the week before on the shop/store doors.
Bonfires and BBQs – Due to the fact that our plots are in close proximity to residential properties, we ask at this time that you refrain from having bonfires and BBQs. Vulnerable people may still be shielding at home and only able to get fresh air in their gardens.
Plot inspections – are postponed until further notice.
Flytipping – This will not be tolerated and we ask plot holders not to bring any waste from home to place on either the green waste or wood/scrap piles. Please report any suspicious activity to the committee immediately, where upon we will review CCTV footage and contact the authorities if necessary. Please keep the gates closed at all times to deter non-plot holders/fly-tippers from entering the site.
Government advice about the Coronavirus is updated on a regular basis at this link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
For NHS information and advice CLICK HERE