To reopen the Meeting House, we need to follow the current Covid guidelines to keep the Meeting House and all who use it as safe as possible for all who use it. As we are an unstaffed venue, we are asking all who use it to follow the guidance and help us keep things safe. We will also be doing more cleaning, however we are also asking groups to clean before and after to ensure there is less chance of contamination.

Below you will find our new conditions of hire which include smaller numbers of groups and details of how to socially distance. Also to be aware that the kitchen is closed for use. You will also find a copy of the risk assessment you will have to do for your own group, to check it’s safe for you to meet. Please do read everything below as all the information you need to keep as safe as possible during your hire at the meeting house is there. Please be aware this information may be updated as guidelines change.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch at stockport.quaker@gmail.com or 07534621933

HELP KEEP THE MEETING HOUSE COVID-19 SAFE

  1. You must not enter if you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms.
  2. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms within 7 days of visiting these premises alert Test, Track and Trace. Alert the Warden on 07534 621 933 and alert the organiser of the activity you attended.
  3. Maintain 2 metres social distancing as far as possible.
  4. Use the hand sanitiser provided on entering the premises. Clean your hands often. Soap and paper towels are provided in the toilets.
  5. Avoid touching your face, nose,or eyes. Clean your hands if you do.
  6. ”Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”. Tissues should be disposed of into one of the rubbish bins provided. Then wash your hands.
  7. Check the organisers of your activity have cleaned door handles, tables, other equipment, sinks and surfaces before you arrived. Keep them clean.
  8. Take turns to use confined spaces such as the lobbey and toilet areas. Standing or sitting next to someone is lower risk than opposite them.
  9. Keep the room well ventilated. Close doors and windows on leaving.


THANKS FOR YOU CO-OPERATION IN KEEPING SAFE!

Stockport Quaker Meeting House

Special Conditions of Hire during COVID-19

SC1: You, the hirer, will be responsible for ensuring those attending your activity or event comply with the COVID-19 Secure Guidelines while entering and occupying the Meeting House as shown on the attached poster, which is also displayed at the hall entrance. In particular you should use the hand sanitiser and paper towels supplied when entering the Meeting House foyer.

SC2: You undertake to comply with the actions identified in the Meeting House’s Risk Assessment, a copy of which has been provided.

SC3: You will be responsible for cleaning door handles, light switches, window catches, equipment, toilet handles and seats, wash basins and all surfaces likely to be used during your period of hire before other members of your group or organisation arrive. You will be responsible for keeping the premises clean through regular cleaning of surfaces during your hire, paying particular attention to wash hand basins, using your cleaning products. You will be required to clean again on leaving.

Please take care cleaning electrical switches. Use cloths – do not spray!

SC4: You will make sure that everyone likely to attend your activity or event understands that they MUST NOT DO SO if they or anyone in their household has had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 7 days, and that if they develop symptoms within 7 days of visiting the premises they MUST use the Test, Track and Trace system to alert others with whom they have been in contact. Participants must also inform group leaders . Group leaders must keep a record of attendance and telephone numbers for two weeks, and let the Warden know of any issues that have been reported.

SC5: You will keep the premises well ventilated throughout your hire, with windows and internal doors open as far as convenient. You will be responsible for ensuring they are all securely closed on leaving.

SC6: Large meeting room : To allow for social distancing you will ensure that no more than 20 people, including the group leader, attend your activity/event..

Small meeting room : Again, for social distancing you will ensure that no more than 6 people, including the group leader, attend your activity/event.

In addition you will ensure that everyone attending maintains social distancing while waiting to enter the premises, and as far as possible when using more confined areas e.g. moving and stowing equipment, which should be kept as brief as possible.

You will make sure that no more than one person enters the toilets at any one time (i.e. male, female and accessible).

SC7: You will take particular care to ensure that social distancing is maintained for any persons aged 70 or over or likely to be clinically more vulnerable to COVID-19, including for example keeping a 2m distance around them when going in and out of rooms and ensuring they can access the toilets or other confined areas without others being present. For some people, passing another person in a confined space is less risky, but for older people that should be avoided.

SC8: You will position furniture or the arrangement of the room as far as possible to facilitate people seating side by side, with at least two empty chair spaces between each person, rather than face to face.

SC9: You will be responsible for the disposal of all rubbish created during your hire, including tissues and cleaning cloths, in the recycle bins outside and in the foyer according to their recycle labels. General rubbish goes in the black bin.

SC10: The kitchen is out of bounds and not in use. Hirers may bring their own refreshments with them.

Risk Assessment for Covid 19 on behalf of Hirers of Stockport Quaker Meeting

Risks

All levels of risk possible High ( death or serious illness ), Medium (illness needing medical care or hospital attention ) and Low (treatable at home, little debility). Age per se is not an element of vulnerability but should be considered in this category, as should those with mental health issues.

Hazards

If an infected person were to enter the Meeting House or grounds, the following hazards would affect the non-infected group or individual.

1 Person leaves virus on hard surfaces – active for at least 72 hours.

2. Virus remain active on soft surfaces for several hours.

3. Person accidentally touches another person.

4. Droplets in air from an infected person breathed in by another.

5. Building has potentially congested spaces.

6. Unknown visitor can enter through open doors.

7. Person/s not observing physical distance of 1+ metres.

8. People in vulnerable group 70+, or medical condition, or be physically or mentally challenged.

This Risk Assessment is for Hirers Inside our Building

1. Plastic chairs will be placed at 2 metres distance in the room being used. Hand sanitiser will be placed at foyer entry and cleaning agent in toilet areas.

2. Any person with symptoms which could be Covid-19 related must not attend the group e.g. temperature above normal, runny nose, cough, breathlessness, loss of taste/smell, dizziness, digestive issues,

3. Only attend the group if you are feeling well.

4 To avoid transmission the wearing of a mask or face covering is advisable, but not mandatory.

5. To prepare for a group the leader and any assistants will enter the building first, allowing themselves time for cleaning. They will clean all “hard to avoid touching surfaces” before people enter i.e. door handles/door plates, light switches, sink basin fittings, toilet holders, heating control switches. Using a detergent cleaner, change clean cloths frequently and wash after use.

6. To maintain social distancing please bear in mind groups may have to queue outside They will then proceed directly to a hand sanitising space and then into the main hall. There will be no congregating in the foyer. Inner doors will have been left open to avoid the need to touch hard surfaces .

7. Group participants should avoid touching any surface, door or light switch, remember the toilet lights and the main lobby lights turn off automatically.

8. Keep the meeting room well ventilated, according to the weather, by opening windows but make sure they are locked closed at the end of the booking/

9. No group leaflets to be circulated or available.

10. No communal drinks or food on the premises. Hirers should their own individual drinks if required .

11. Each participant will keep their personal possessions with them, bringing any coats into the meeting room.

12. It is important to clean hands on leaving the meeting. Avoid lingering in the foyer, talking outside is better.

13. To maintain social distancing only 1 person at a time will enter the toilets which will have a notice indicating if vacant or occupied and should be altered by the person using the toilet.

13July2020