The Government has moved into plan B Coronavirus guidelines. I want to keep the studio open and running safely for all customers and visitors. I have put several procedures in place at the studio, as outlined below. I take twice weekly lateral flow tests and extra tests ahead of workshops and parties. Hopefully these guidelines will help to keep us all safe and allow us to get back to being our best creative selves in the studio again. These guidelines will be reviewed and replaced to reflect and changes in local restrictions and Government policy.
The following procedures are in place.
There is a risk assessment in place for the studio which covers the risks associated with Coronavirus, all hirers and guest workshop teachers will be familiarised with this prior to using the studio.
There is one set of doors and windows for the studio – weather allowing the windows and doors will be open to allow as much fresh air to be circulating in the studio as possible. There is a seating area outside the studio – weather allowing workshops and drop ins will utilise the outside area.
Cleaning & Hand Hygiene
The Studio will be cleaned thoroughly at the end of each day, and in between workshops. Throughout the day areas of high traffic such as door handles, tables, chairs and equipment will be cleaned.
There are hand sanitising stations located at the entrance to the studio and on the door to the toilet.
The toilet is owned by another business, and has no hot water, there is hand soap and paper towels available. The toilet is cleaned regularly throughout the day and there are antibacterial wipes in there for people to wipe down surfaces after they have been touched.
Extra hand sanitiser bottles and antibacterial wipes will be available during workshops.
There is hot water, hand soap and paper towels available for handwashing in the kitchen.
Visiting the Studio
Please do not come to the studio if you or anyone in your household has Coronavirus, or the symptoms of Coronavirus. There will be lateral flow testing kits available if anyone should develop symptoms of Coronavirus during their visit. When a workshop, group or party exceeds 12 people in total, then temperatures will be taken using a remote thermometer on entrance to the studio – anyone with a high temperature (of over 38 degrees) will not be able to enter the studio.
It is now the law to wear facemasks in the studio setting. Please ensure that you wear a facemask if you do not have an applicable exemption.
Three-layer disposable face coverings are available for your use – just ask at the counter if you require one.
There is an NHS Coronavirus app QR code poster, so that people visiting the studio can check in for Test and Trace purposes. The poster is located on the left-hand side as you enter the studio through the main door.
Safe Numbers in the Studio
The studio is approximately 300sq ft in size. With social distancing of 2 meters in place a maximum of 8 people could be in the studio at any time. With social distancing of 1 meter in place a maximum number of people in the studio could be 33. The UK Government has removed the requirement for social distancing however there will still be a limit on numbers in the studio at any one time – The number of people in the studio will never exceed 33 as a maximum. Workshop numbers are always limited to smaller groups, drop-in sessions will be limited to a maximum of three groups inside and parties will be limited to 14 people (including parents) in total. [i]
[i] Paper and Smiles Studio Coronavirus Guidelines – last review 11/01/2022