To assist in ensuring sites can remain open and users are safe, many local authorities are referring to the National Allotments Society guidelines which have just been released.
These guidance notes in summary suggest allotment holders:
•Keep hand sanitiser in their shed and wash their hands regularly
•Use hand sanitiser before opening and closing any gate locked
•Observe “Social D istancing” with each other 2-3 metres
•Do not share tools
•Minimise the contact with each other for example no handshakes
•Do not wash their hands in water troughs
•Recommend that all communal facilities are closed
•If allotment holders have livestock on the site and must visit twice a day, then they should
take a photograph on their phone of their livestock, based on what is happening in other countries they may eventually have to print off a government form to leave the house but if challenged it would be good to be ableto show a photograph of where they are going.
•Plan ahead to ensure that you have food and medication delivered to you during this
•Stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying
health conditions as much as possible
•If you display any symptoms of coronavirus stay at home and self-isolate for at least
14 days or until symptoms have passed.
Further advice from the Association can be found at the following link: