Mad March Hare March 2021 – Covid-19 Advice
Please keep an open mind to how Mad March Hare will run this year. Due to COVID-19 things will be different. Information can be found on the government website (link below). Here is some of what you should already be observing and we encourage you all to carry on doing so. Mad March Hare will still be running, just as a Virtual event, as we will not be holding any group runs this year.
We look forward to seeing all your posts and updates on social media.
Important Covid-19 Advice
Principles for safe urban centres and green spaces
Guidance on social distancing, face coverings, cleaning and communications can be found below.
Social distancing is an important measure to help minimise the transmission risk of coronavirus. 2m or 1m with risk mitigation (where 2m is not viable) are acceptable.
In England, there are some places where the public and employees must wear a face covering by law. People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in any other enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet.
Further information on where and when face coverings are required can be found in the latest face covering guidance. Please be mindful that there are exemptions for some individuals and groups to not wear face coverings.
Face coverings do not replace social distancing. If a member of the public has coronavirus symptoms (cough and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in, normal sense of smell or taste – anosmia), they and their household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does not change this. They should arrange to have a COVID-19 test as soon as possible.
A face covering is not the same as the surgical masks or respirators used by healthcare and other workers as part of personal protective equipment. These should continue to be reserved for those who need them to protect against risks in their workplace, such as health and care workers, and those in industrial settings, like those exposed to dust hazards.
Please be mindful that the wearing of a face covering may inhibit communication with people who rely on lip reading, facial expressions and clear sound.
Owners and operators are advised to implement cleaning protocols to limit coronavirus transmission in public places. It is advised that touch points (e.g. handrails and gates) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning.
Hygiene – hand washing,sanitation facilities and toilets
Public toilets, portable toilets and toilets inside premises should be kept open and carefully managed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
Steps that will usually be needed:
- Using signs and posters to build awareness of good handwashing technique, the need to increase handwashing frequency and to avoid touching your face, and to cough or sneeze into a tissue which is binned safely, or into your arm if a tissue is not available.
- Consider the use of social distancing marking in areas where queues normally form, and the adoption of a limited entry approach, with one in, one out (whilst avoiding the creation of additional bottlenecks).
- To enable good hand hygiene consider making hand sanitiser available on entry to toilets where safe and practical, and ensure suitable handwashing facilities including running water and liquid soap and suitable options for drying (either paper towels or hand driers) are available.
- Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets, with increased frequency of cleaning in line with usage. Use normal cleaning products, paying attention to frequently hand touched surfaces, and consider use of disposable cloths or paper roll to clean all hard surfaces.
- Keep the facilities well ventilated, for example by fixing doors open where appropriate.
- Special care should be taken for cleaning of portable toilets and larger toilet blocks.
- Putting up a visible cleaning schedule can keep it up to date and visible.
- Providing more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection.
Organisations have a duty of care to volunteers, to ensure as far as reasonably practicable they are not exposed to risks to their health and safety. They will therefore need to take a risk-based approach to the restarting of services. Links to further guidance can be found in the appendix.
Staying safe outside the home
Remember – ‘Hands, Face. Space’:
- Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
- Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
- Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)
There are different restrictions with respect to meeting others in an indoor or outdoor setting dependent on which local restriction tier an area is in. Owners and operators and the public should consult the latest information on gatherings within the local restriction tiers.