We have implemented the following COVID-19 policy since 16th August 2021 based on our COVID-19 Risk Assessment, which is designed to keep all people entering the building as safe as possible. If you have booked a space on a course, or are considering doing so, please read this policy carefully before your visit.
Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have been lifted at step 4. This means that:
From 16 August, if you have been fully vaccinated you will no longer be required to self-isolate if you’re a contact of a positive case. Instead, please take a PCR test as soon as possible.
You do not need to stay 2 metres apart from people.
The requirement to wear face coverings in law has been lifted although we prefer you to wear a mask in and around The Art House to protect yourselves and our staff.
Entering the Building
Please do not enter The Art House if you or anyone you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, we do encourage participants to be double jabbed (unless medically exempt), been symptomatic with a persistent cough or fever within the last 14 days, or has a positive lateral flow test. If you do have a positive lateral flow test, you should call 119 or visit the Gov.uk website for advice.
For your own safety and the safety of our staff and tutors, we prefer you to be double jabbed in line the latest Government recommendations unless you are medically exempt.
We will always notify all participants if/when there has been a COVID-19 case in one of our art classes though it is not necessary to self isolate if you have been double jabbed. For your own protection, we do advise that you:
1. Request a PCR test from Gov.uk or by calling 119.
3. You should self-isolate at home while you book the test and wait for the results.
4. You must self-isolate if you test positive. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This is the law.
If any symptoms of illness develop whilst attending The Art House please return home as soon as possible and try to limit contact with other people or surfaces as much as possible. Please ensure you notify a member of staff if you have developed symptoms of coronavirus whilst on site at the earliest opportunity.
Handwashing and Hand Sanitiser
Hand sanitiser stations are available throughout the building. Everyone entering the building will be required to sanitise hands upon entry and to wash hands frequently and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds, whilst they are in the building. We ask that individuals avoid touching their face as much as possible whilst on site.
Wearing of facemasks is preferred when moving through shared areas of the building. Wearing of facemasks in the pottery, art room, exhibition room and office may also be requested and are encouraged. We may change these rules at any time depending on the changing situation and government guidance.
To minimize close contact between participants, please try to avoid passing on the stairwells. Please give priority to people coming down the stairs to reduce the risk of overcrowding in the pottery. Start and end times of sessions will be spaced to reduce the risk of congestion on the stairs.
Please only use the lift if necessary. Capacity of the lift is restricted to one participant at a time, although two people who live in the same household may share the lift. If you know that you will need assistance to use the lift, please ensure that you notify a member of staff before your visit.
A section of space on the lower ground floor can be used as a waiting area in the event of arriving early for a session. It can also be used as a space for eating any food brought in as this will not be allowed within the teaching spaces. Spaces for use within this area are designated and marked.
Food and Drink
Food can be eaten in the designated areas on the lower ground floor, but cannot be consumed within the pottery or teaching rooms. Drinks can be consumed anywhere within the building, provided they are in a resealable container, i.e. screw cap plastic water bottles, which can be kept in a bag between uses. Please only consume non-resealable drinks (e.g. cans) in the designated areas on the lower ground floor. If possible, please bring in re-useable containers, or if using disposable ones please take them away with you to minimize risk to staff in handling waste.
Workstations and Walkways
For anyone accessing classes, workstations will be clearly marked and situated a minimum of 1 metre from each other. In potential high traffic areas throughout the building, floor markings will indicate distancing of 1 metre and participants are encouraged to take care to keep as much distance from one another as is realistically possible when moving around and working in the building.
Cleaning & Waste Disposal
The building will be cleaned each morning, and staff will ensure that frequently touched surfaces (such as door handles and hand rails) are cleaned on at least an hourly basis. Any waste should be disposed of in the bins provided/available throughout the building. Staff will ensure the bins are emptied regularly.
Confirmed Case on Site
If a case of Coronavirus is confirmed on site, we will inform all individuals who have been in the building since the infected person was last on site. We will ensure a thorough clean down of the building is conducted immediately.
Deliveries should be brought to the front door or back door. Delivery drivers will be asked to wear a mask and gloves where possible before handing items over. Delivery drivers will not be allowed to enter the building unless they have disinfected their hands using antibacterial gel, and are wearing a facemask.
All first aiders will have access to aprons, visors and gloves for the administration of first aid. All first aid kits are supplied with mouth shields for use where resuscitation is required.
The Art House is not responsible for any transmission of COVID-19 that may occur on our premises, as our requirements and expectations are clearly outlined above.
Any verbal, physical or emotional abuse towards our staff will not be tolerated – by attending a course you are choosing to put yourself at risk of catching COVID-19.