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Here you can find the most up to date guidance on using Shirdley Hill during the pandemic.
This page was last updated on : 4th August 2021
As you will already be aware, the UK Govt has removed most of the restrictions related to Covid-19. However, it is important to remember that the pandemic is not over and young people and vulnerable adults are still at risk from this potentially deadly disease.
We believe that leaders should still maintain as many precautions as possible - such as washing hands regularly with sanitiser, using antibacterial hand wash and paper towels in the toilets - and wearing masks indoors.
However, we also recognise that it is for event organisers to undertake their own risk assessments and to put in place the precautions that they think are necessary. We will continue to provide a range of materials and facilities for the foreseeable future so that we can all minimise any risk.
Leaders should follow the advice of Girl Guiding UK when planning their visits. This can be found here : https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/making-guiding-happen/coronavirus-keeping-safe/
Those users who are not members of GirlGuiding UK should seek advice from their parent organisation (such as the Scout Association) or the National Youth Agency at https://nya.org.uk/guidance/
Whilst we no longer expect users to complete and return our own event coordinators checklist - it is expected that ALL users will undertake an appropriate risk assessment. This will not be requested as part of our booking procedures, but should be retained should it be required in the future.
The materials below were produced to ensure compliance with the legal requirements that were in place before the 19th July 2021. We do not intend to update these, but will leave them on our website to help leaders plan their forthcoming visits. There will of course be some changes in the centre as well - for example, we will be removing the barrier tape on the showers.
If you have any queries about these changes please do not hesitate to contact us by clicking the link below.
We have installed a variety of additional precautions, including :
- hand sanitisers at the entrance, exit and the kitchen serving hatch
- new antibacterial and wash dispensers in toilets and kitchen
- new paper towel dispensers in toilets and kitchen
- new foot operated bins around the centre
- provided cleaning provisions including face masks, anti-bacterial cleaning wipes, disposable aprons etc.
We have also produced a number of materials that leaders should review when undertaking their own risk assessments.
We have increased our cleaning regularity, but it remains the responsibility of leaders / event organisers to ensure that the centre is cleaned after every use. A wide range of materials have been provided to help you with this. We will continue to provide this for the foreseeable future.
The UK's scientific advisers state that transmission rate of the Covid-19 virus is extremely low when using plates / cutlery / pans over again. The centre provides a vast range of such equipment, but would advise that you clean these thoroughly if using them OR alternatively use disposable (but eco-friendly) materials. Ultimately, it is the decision of the leader / event organiser to decide what they belief is safest for their participants.
Reduce risk by avoiding shared transport wherever possible. If you do use shared transport, such as minibuses or coaches, please think how you will travel in a Covid secure way.
Ideally you will be close enough so parents and carers can drop off and pick up young members. For day trips out from the centre, you should consider if the trip is necessary.
All day trips should be risk assessed and a copy of the risk assessment sent to your local commissioner (if in GirlGuiding) for sign off.
Residential trips are allowed if you follow this guidance. These requirements apply throughout the youth sector:
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