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COVID-19

We have implemented the following COVID_19 policy since 17th January 2022 based on our COVID_19 Risk Assessment, which is designed to keep all people entering the building as safe as possible. If you have booked a space on a course, or are considering doing so, please read this policy carefully before your visit. 

 

  • From 17th January, even if you have been fully vaccinated and had a booster vaccination, you will be required to wear face coverings in and around The Art House by law. 

  • The only exceptions to wearing a face mask are children under the age of 11 and individuals who are medically exempt.  

  • You can stop self-isolating at the start of day 6 if you get 2 negative rapid lateral flow test results on days 5 and 6 and do not have a temperature. Tests must be at least 24 hours apart. If either test is positive, wait 24 hours before testing again.

  • You must follow Government guidance if you test positive for COVID_19, call 119 or visit the GOV.UK website for advice. 

  • We request that you try to remain 2 metres apart from people.  

  • We will ensure there is an adequate supply of fresh air to indoor spaces and keep windows open. 

  • We will provide hand sanitiser to enable staff, volunteers and participants to clean their hands more frequently and clean surfaces which people touch regularly. 

  • We will display the NHS QR code poster for people to check in using the NHS COVID_19  

  • Staff and volunteers must stay at home if they are feeling unwell, self-isolate and take a PCR test if they have symptoms of COVID_19 

 

Entering the Building 

We do encourage participants to be double jabbed (unless medically exempt). Please do not enter the Art House if you or anyone you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, been symptomatic with a persistent cough or fever within the last 14 days, or has a positive lateral flow test. If you do have a positive lateral flow test, you should call 119 or visit the GOV.UK website for advice. 

 

Handwashing and Hand Sanitiser 

Hand sanitiser stations are available throughout the building. Everyone entering the building will be required to sanitise hands upon entry and to wash hands frequently and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds whilst they are in the building. We ask that individuals avoid touching their face as much as possible whilst on site. 

Facemasks 

Wearing of facemasks will be preferred when moving through shared areas of the building to protect yourselves and staff. Wearing of facemasks in the pottery, art room, exhibition room and office may also be preferred and are encouraged. We may change these rules at any time depending on the changing situation and government guidance. 

Stairwells 

To minimize close contact between participants, please try to avoid passing on the stairwells. Please give priority to people coming down the stairs to reduce the risk of overcrowding in the pottery. Start and end times of sessions will be spaced to reduce the risk of congestion on the stairs. 

Lift 

Please only use the lift if necessary. Capacity of the lift is restricted to one participant at a time, although two people who live in the same household may share the lift. If you know that you will need assistance to use the lift, please ensure that you notify a member of staff before your visit. 

Waiting Area  

A section of space on the lower ground floor can be used as a waiting area in the event of arriving early for a session. It can also be used as a space for eating any food brought in as this will not be allowed within the teaching spaces. Spaces for use within this area are designated and marked. 

Food and Drink 

Food can be eaten in the designated areas on the lower ground floor, but cannot be consumed within the pottery or teaching rooms. Drinks can be consumed anywhere within the building, provided they are in a resealable container, i.e. screw cap plastic water bottles, which can be kept in a bag between uses. Please only consume non-resealable drinks (e.g. cans) in the designated areas on the lower ground floor. If possible, please bring in re-useable containers, or if using disposable ones please take them away with you to minimize risk to staff in handling waste. 

Workstations and Walkways 

For anyone accessing classes, workstations will be clearly marked and situated a minimum of 1 metre from each other. In potential high traffic areas throughout the building, floor markings will indicate distancing of 1 metre and participants are encouraged to take care to keep as much distance from one another as is realistically possible when moving around and working in the building. 

Cleaning & Waste Disposal 

The building will be cleaned each morning, and staff will ensure that frequently touched surfaces (such as door handles and hand rails) are cleaned on at least an hourly basis. Any waste should be disposed of in the bins provided/available throughout the building. Staff will ensure the bins are emptied regularly. 

Confirmed Case on Site 

If a case of Coronavirus is confirmed on site, we will inform all individuals who have been in the building since the infected person was last on site. We will ensure a thorough clean down of the building is conducted immediately.  

Deliveries 

Deliveries should be brought to the front door or back door. Delivery drivers will be asked to wear a mask and gloves where possible before handing items over. Delivery drivers will not be allowed to enter the building unless they have disinfected their hands using antibacterial gel, and are wearing a facemask. 

First Aid 

All first aiders will have access to aprons, visors and gloves for the administration of first aid. All first aid kits are supplied with mouth shields for use where resuscitation is required. 

The Art House is not responsible for any transmission of COVID-19 that may occur on our premises, as our requirements and expectations are clearly outlined above.  

Any verbal, physical or emotional abuse towards our staff will not be tolerated – by attending a course you are choosing to put yourself at risk of catching COVID-19.