Latest NAS covid-19 guidance update

Here are a few excerpts from the latest National Allotment Society guidance on covid-19 guidance.

What changes should Allotment Associations make to site management?

Pin up information about social distancing and hygiene on a notice board or the gate.

Undertake risk assessments and take appropriate action to reduce hazards around any areas of the site that could cause contagion e.g. communal water troughs, taps, and gate locks. 

The NAS does have further detailed information on risk assessments and the duty of care for Self-Managed Associations please email natsoc@nsalg.org.uk  if this is required.

12/05 /20 – All communal facilities including toilets should remain closed

It is essential that no un-authorised people are allowed onto the plots for the duration of this emergency, if you do wish to bring someone to assist with work on the plot, please ensure that that this is notified either to Secretary or Site Manager. 

Careful consideration should be given to introducing anyone over 70, those with underlying illness or pregnant women.

Plot inspections – should be postponed until they can be done safely and within government guidelines.

Plot allocation – we would advise associations to carefully assess the risk of allocating plots. If  it is possible to allocate plots on a one to one basis, within social distancing rules then it should be possible.  Any prospective tenant must be given all the relevant safety information for the site.

It is likely that a percentage of plot-holders (who are self-isolating or shielding) will be unable to visit their plots, these plot-holders should not be penalised at subsequent plot inspections.

Perhaps a buddy system could be put in place, untended plots could at least be covered.

DO NOT gather together for a chat even if you are 2 metres apart

Observe “Social Distancing” with each other 2-3 metres

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.

Full set of covid-19 guidance can be found here

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