Our 'Additional Measures' Policy - updated 8 April 2021
PREVENTING NON- COVID INFECTIOUS ILLNESS:
If, in the week before a class you develop ANY symptoms of a cold-type illness or gastric upset however mild or 'only feel a bit sweaty' or 'only have a tickly cough' or 'just feel a bit under the weather' or your food tastes funny or your sense of smell is a bit off or you ache or have had a bout of diarrhea you must not attend class. Although some of the symptoms listed here are beyond Covid common symptoms, the objective of adding them is to keep ALL infectious illness away from our classes, not just Covid-19.
Please do not return to classes until you are symptom free (even if you have tested Covid negative, you may have something else which you can pass on)
OTHER NON INFECTIOUS COUGHS / SNEEZES
Asthma / Hayfever etc:
We have a few Asthma sufferers, and people who have 'ongoing coughs' due to DIAGNOSED non-infectious medical conditions or medication they are taking and hayfever season is again upon us. The NHS Advice for people who have pre-diagnosed non-infectious coughs is: If you notice a CHANGE in your cough frequency / type or have a temperature, then isolate yourself and seek advice from NHS 111.
If you 'ALWAYS / OFTEN' have a cough and that cough has not changed you may attend classes under the following conditions:
Please take up a position in the class nearest to the door and if you get a coughing / sneezing fit, leave the building until it has subsided for the peace of mind of the rest of the group.
Bring / take whatever meds help your cough and a drink of water if that helps. I reiterate that this allowance is ONLY for people who have a pre-diagnosed ongoing non-infectious heath condition (such as asthma or hay fever) which causes a cough / sneeze.
You must let me know in advance that you have such a condition. It may be necessary for me to let other class member know to allay concerns of catching COVID
If you have a non-infectious cough or sneezing condition then you must wear a facecovering at all times whilst in the class AND additionally firmly cover your face with a tissue if you cough /sneeze.
VENUE SPECIFIC INFO:
At The Mytchett Centre the entrance and exit doors are the external fire escape doors which lead directly out of the hall into the grounds, on the left of the building as you face the front. The main entrance which you may have used before is 'out of bounds' but still available as a fire escape if needed.
At Blackwater & Hawley Memorial Hall the entrance / exit may have changed since you were there last, please read and follow the signs into / out of the building.
When entering the hall, please take up a place 2m away from the nearest person, as far away from the entrance door as possible, to allow others to enter without needing to pass you. Please don't gravitate towards the same familiar spot every week, but instead take up the first available place as i've described above, even if this means that you and your friend / partner have to stand in separate rows.
It is also a condition of attending classes that everybody keeps some tissues on their person so that ANY and EVERY cough can be firmly caught (the bare hand is not adequate according to NHS) Please wear something with pockets for your tissues as tissues tucked up sleeves tend to fall out during exercise and cause a hygiene issue when they fall on the floor. If your cough turns out to be more than a one-off incident please leave the building until it has stopped or leave the class early if it shows signs of continuing.
Please use the Hand Sanitizer provided as soon as you enter the hall. The dispenser is 'contactless' so please do not touch it. Just put your hand underneath and WAIT2 seconds until the gel has finished dispensing (otherwise it ends up on the floor causing a slip hazard) The material safety data info for the hand sanitizer is as follows:
Contains: Alcohol Denat 70%, Water, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Malaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Limolene. Keep away from eyes, if in eyes, rinse with water for several minutes, if irritation persists seek medical advice. Do not ingest. If ingested seek medical advice. More info at thego2brand.com
If, after you have attended any of our classes you have a test which proves positive for Covid-19 please let me know straight away and also give my phone number 07855 850427 to NHS Test and Trace and tell them which class venue and time you have attended. I will keep a record of everyone's attendance and you will be informed should anyone in a class you came to contract Covid-19.
The SHTC Risk Assessment and Covid Safe Action Plan together with this document and the PAR-Q participant medical questionnaire fulfil our Covid Safe operational procedure requirements. All students who book to restart must adhere to these documents.
They outline my responsibility to create a safe environment for your classes, and your responsibility to ensure you act in such a way as to maintain a safe environment for your classmates.
Failing to follow rules may result in a reminder being given and if it is necessary to remind again, then being asked to leave the class. We have all had a year to practice 2 metres, so we should be pretty good at it by now. ;)
Thanks for your time and kindness to the others,
Stay happy and healthy!