Covid Safety Policy

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

 

The outbreak of this new virus and disease were first reported in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. COVID-19 is now a pandemic affecting many countries globally.

 

This video (1 min 30 sec) from the World Health Organisations (WHO) explains very clearly and simply how the virus is spread:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=87&v=1APwq1df6Mw&feature=emb_logo

This Policy has been written following a risk assessment of my courses and venue and identifying the steps I, and you, can take to keep us all safe.

 

This policy takes into account guidelines from:

  • Fedant - Federation of Antenatal Educators

  • Government guidelines

  • NHS information and advice

  • A CDP e-learning course ‘Infection control for childcare settings’

 

It outlines measures taken to prevent the transmission of germs which cause infection and actions taken to control the spread of infection.

HAND WASHING

 

The average ‘clean-looking’ pair of hands can hold up to 10 million germs!

Washing our hands with soap and water is the best and easiest way to remove most germs, including Coronavirus, MRSA, E.coli and Norovirus. This is the no 1 best thing you can do to support this policy during our course. I will provide liquid soap and disposable paper towels.

 

Watch this video to make sure you know how to wash your hands properly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGJNspLRdrc&feature=emb_logo

 

Please thoroughly wash your hands:

  • on arrival at the venue

  • after using the toilet

  • before eating food

  • after contact with any possible contaminant 

 

Alcohol gel is a suitable alternative in some cases but not all and needs to be 60% alcohol to be effective on the Coronavirus germs.

 

THE CLASSROOM
 

On arrival, please thoroughly wash your hands with soap provided and please avoid any unnecessary contact with surfaces. 

 

  • Please arrive on time, not early, as there is a lot of cleaning to be done before your teacher can begin your class

  • Likewise please exit the classroom promptly at the end of the session so your teacher can begin cleaning the room 

 

Please try to avoid crossing paths with other participants throughout the class.

 

Since the venue is a separate building and you are entering directly from the outside, there is no contact with anyone outside of class. But I do ask that you wear a face mask upon entering and exiting as you'll be in close contact with others.

 

Class numbers are limited to ensure a minimum 1.5-2m distance between each couple/expectant mum/mum and baby.

 

Only one person can use the toilets at one time. Please make use of the soap provided.

 

I am unable to provide any equipment that isn’t easy to disinfect - such as fabric chairs, cushions, blankets. I encourage you to bring with you anything that will make you more comfortable in class.

 

If applicable to your course, I will provide printed Course Companions which have some space for notes, however, I ask that you bring your own pens and additional paper as I can’t disinfect these. Your copies will be printed and sealed in envelopes in advance of the course to minimise exposure to the virus.

  • Research into how long the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces is new and ongoing, but studies have shown that it can survive up to three days on stainless steel and plastic surfaces. Survival on other surfaces is lower, for example, 24 hours on cardboard.

 

The windows at the venue will remain open throughout to ensure continuous ventilation so please dress accordingly or bring layers with you.

 

If you have asked me to provide a yoga mat I will ask that you ‘hire’ this for the duration of the course. This is to minimise the contact points for your own safety. I will clean and disinfect the mat before handing it over and each mat comes with a carry strap. Feel free to bring wipes with you to clean it again when you take ownership of it temporarily.

 

WHEN NOT TO ATTEND CLASS

 

If you are unwell or if you are unsure whether to attend a class or not you must inform your teacher BEFORE you come to class so that they can assess any risks to the other women in class and advise if you should attend or not.

 

If you or members of your household display Covid-19 symptoms (one or more) as inline with the NHS website we ask that you inform your teacher and do not attend class:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 

Additionally, if you or members of your household display any of the symptoms below please do not attend class:

  • Fever

  • Diarrhoea or vomiting in the previous 48 hours

  • Has symptoms of a possible contagious illness such as: Chicken Pox, Measles, Norovirus

 

We cannot offer a refund for a class missed due to illness. However, if you let your teacher know at least 24 hours in advance, we may be able to arrange an online catch up. 

 

If at any point during the course, you or a member of your household test positive for Covid-19 at any point you MUST inform your teacher asap inline with our ‘Track and Trace Policy’ (see below). 

 

If your teacher or member of their household displays symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19 they will inform you asap inline with our ‘Track and Trace Policy’.

  • Wherever possible your teacher will continue to deliver the class or course online at the same time as scheduled. Or they will arrange an alternative time to suit you.

  • If your teacher is too unwell to deliver the class or course you will receive compensation for the time lost.

 

It is your responsibility to keep your teacher up to date with any conditions you may have and advise them of any new conditions or complications.

TRACK AND TRACE POLICY

 

It is essential that your teacher has an up-to-date phone number for you. You are responsible for updating them should your number change.

 

If at any time during the course your teacher or a participant tests positive for Covid-19 you will be informed via What’sApp message asap. We will all have to self-isolate inline with Government guidelines and so the course will continue online until completion or 14 days has passed.

Each week your teacher will be required to give your names and a contact number to the Mole Valley Council who manage the venue inline with their Track and Trace Policy. 

 

FACE COVERINGS

 

The venue is a separate building so there is no contact with those outside of class. I do ask that you wear a face mask upon entering and exiting whilst passing others.

  • However, if you feel more comfortable wearing face coverings please feel free to do so.

  • If Government Guidelines change in this regard your teacher will follow and ask that you do too.

 

Class numbers are limited to ensure 1.5-2 m distance between each couple/expectant mum/mum and baby.

 

The windows at the venue will remain open throughout to ensure continuous ventilation so please dress accordingly or bring layers with you.

CLEANING & HYGIENE

 

Research into how long the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces is new and ongoing, but studies have shown that it can survive up to three days on stainless steel and plastic surfaces. Survival on other surfaces is lower, for example, 24 hours on cardboard.

 

NOTE: If you touch a surface that is contaminated with a virus, including coronavirus, you won’t necessarily catch the virus, but if you don’t immediately wash your hands, and then touch your mouth, nose or eyes, you could transmit the virus.

 

The venue is cleaned weekly, sanitiser gel is provided and they have their own Covid-19 Safety Policy online: https://www.dorkinghalls.co.uk/safety/

 

Your teacher will also provide additional antibacterial liquid soap, disposable paper towels and wipes to clean the toilet seat after use.

 

Your teacher will also disinfect key areas before class, such as:

  • Bell pushes and entry buzzers

  • Door handles, knockers and push plates

  • Light switches, pull-cords and buttons

  • Chairs, tables and kitchen worktops

  • Teaching aids and samples

 

You are kindly asked to:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with antibacterial soap on arrival and after using the bathroom (1 person in the bathroom at a time)

  • Use hand gel in between handwashing if coming into contact with possible contaminants

  • Avoid non-essential contact with surfaces

  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue and flush used tissues immediately

  • Respect social distancing when interacting with fellow participants

  • Avoid crossing paths with fellow participants

  • Only one person to use the toilets at any one time

 

I will not be providing the following equipment:

  • Fabric chairs

  • Cushions

  • Blankets

  • Pens and notepads

  • Coffee/Tea cups - please bring travel cups with you if you wish to have hot drinks (tea and coffee is provided)

  • Water glasses - please bring your own water bottles

Birth & More Ltd.

Expert antenatal, hypnobirthing and mum and baby classes in Dorking, Surrey

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