Published: 24 March 2020
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – ALLOTMENTS
The following is based on Government advice issued on 24 March 2020 and may change at short notice as the situation worsens:
As you are aware the situation has changed regarding how much time we are to spend outside and where we are allowed to visit. The allotments are all currently open and will remain so until we are advised otherwise. Travel to and from the allotments is permitted if due precautions are taken. Visiting the site constitutes your daily exercise set out by the government.
HOWEVER, A PLOT HOLDER WHO IS SELF ISOLATING BECAUSE A HOUSEHOLD MEMBER IS ILL WITH CORONAVIRUS SHOULD NOT VISIT THE SITE.
The OBAGS trading hut is closed and will not be re-opened until this level of isolation has been lifted.
The toilet on site is also closed.
We ask that all tenants visiting the site also bear the following in mind;
- Please keep your distance from other tenants to help limit the spread of the virus. Follow current government guidelines about social distancing.
- Do not share tools or any other equipment with another plot holder.
- Be careful after touching site gates, locks or other communal assets. Disinfect your hands after each use.
- The use of the sites is for allotment tenants only. No groups are allowed on site and only family members that live with the tenant can enter the site if the tenant is also present.
- Do not use water troughs to wash hands or equipment to sterilise them. The water is for watering purposes only. Be careful not to contaminate the troughs with any soap or other chemicals.
- Please stay on your plot at all times and do not enter another plot under any circumstances.
There will be no plot inspections until further notice and the inspection scheduled for w/c 27 April is cancelled. No warning or eviction letters for non-cultivation will be sent out to tenants until this outbreak has passed.
We urge all our allotment holders to do what they can to their plots to help reduce the growth of weeds and grasses during this time that may overwhelm the plot if you are unable to visit for an extended period.
As a Council we are also facing restrictions over the coming weeks as to what we are capable of doing in terms of maintenance and repairs that might be needed. We will try and rectify these issues when we can.
The National Allotment Society has issued a statement which can be read by clicking here.