Managing Coronavirus at Rushmere Country Park

Sunday 22 Mar 2020 | Greensand Trust, Nature, Rushmere

I thought it might be helpful if I provided an update on our situation at the park and more widely for the Trust.

As we are advised to avoid large or small gatherings:

All Volunteer tasks have been postponed but we are working to identify opportunities to remain involved, but not in groups…

Treetops Cafe has closed, the Hatch remains open for take-away only.

At Stockgrove, Bruno and family are serving from their hatch for outdoor enjoyment. But the internal spaces are closed.

All visitor centre buildings (Rushmere/ Stockgrove and WWC) should close.

Offices may remain open for staff, but are secured for key or code entry only

Non-essential visitors, contractors or suppliers visits are being minimised.

The public toilets are closed throughout the park as we do not have the resource to clean them on a very frequent basis.

All group bookings, events and activities and face to face meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Relevant signage for visitors is installed at all main entrances and centres.

We are cancelling all schools / groups education work, and centre bookings.

It is no longer feasible to await virus confirmation as testing will now only take place in hospitals. So we have to risk asses contamination on a case by case basis based on the understanding that the virus is contagious for 30mins airborne and 3 days on surfaces.

So staff and volunteers will need to take appropriate protective measure. Where contamination is suspected areas / tools will be isolated for 3 days and then receive a standard clean or where a critical or confirmed case receive a deep clean by our specialists.

Older age groups and those with health issues or at risk dependants are prioritised in our risk assessments. So we are advising staff and volunteers who fall into this category to work from home where possible or if a volunteer cease work until the situation is cleared.

Keep well everyone, and remember our role in the provision of accessible open space will become ever more important, please all think about how we can do this while minimising risks.

Any questions I am at the end of an email or a phone!

Very best wishes

Ian Richardson

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