Stitch Club reopened for all our classes from Monday 19 April.

In order to make Stitch Club a safe space to be we will be following the government guidelines and ask that you also help us with this.

Please do not come to Stitch Club if you, or someone you have been in contact with, is unwell. Specifically: anyone who themselves has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, such as a raised temperature, a new persistent cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, or if anyone they have been in contact with has the same, stay at home. Please let me know, via text or WhatsApp so that we can notify anyone who needs to know.

Masks are now mandatory for everyone over the age of 11, unless they have an exemption or we are working outside. Where we have sessions with people who need to be able to see our full faces to communicate effectively and work safely we will adapt appropriately.

When dropping off and collecting if you need to leave your car, please make sure that you maintain appropriate safe distance and wear a mask. Try to be on time for pick up as we may need to clean in preparation for a following class. As individuals should not mix between groups it is not really possible for children to stay on after the session so please collect promptly. I do not want to put anyone in any danger, so please let me know if this is going to be a problem.

On arriving you must sanitise your hands. There will be hand sanitiser available in several places throughout the studio and we will require this to be used before entering the studio and at intervals throughout, especially if you will use equipment that will need to be shared (e.g. the irons or overlocker).

Where possible we will work outside. In our well ventilated, sheltered, heated outside space. Everyone will also have their own discrete space inside for using a sewing machine and/or working. We have laid things out so that where possible we are working side by side or with our backs to each other, as recommended.

Before each class, and during classes where necessary, we will ensure that the hard surfaces including shared equipment have been cleaned.

The door and/or windows open throughout the session. So please wrap up warm! We will still heat, but will not make a toasty cosy space as this is no longer ideal. (We will measure CO2 levels in the room to ensure that the air is sufficiently fresh).

We have installed and will run throughout all sessions a HEPA air filter. It filters the air in the studio approximately 4 times in an hour and should remove aerosols that may contain the virus from the air.

Class sizes continue to be restricted to: 4 adults/young people + tutor for dressmaking; 6 children/young people + tutor for general Stitch Club. This is well within government guidelines for educational activities in our space. Each person will have a clear space in which to work and should not share equipment. If sharing is essential (for example with the overlocker) it will be wiped down with sanitizer between users.

We will not be able to offer catch up classes as government guidance recommends that people do not mix between groups. I will make sure that, where ever possible, you will have all you need to continue to work at home, with support from your tutor, as required using phone or video.

Each class group will have its own sewing equipment (scissors, needles, pins, etc). We will however be sharing access to fabrics and haberdashery as well as the iron and overlocker. This will be kept to a minimum and social distance maintained while selecting.

I will keep a record of who has attended each session. This information may be required by the government’s track and trace system. I will not share it unless required to do so by this directive. We are required to keep this information and make it available for a period of 21 days.

I will be taking rapid lateral flow tests twice a week.

You will still be able to use the toilet facility. We will keep it cleaned and unused by other people in my household during Stitch sessions. Only 1 person at a time may go to the toilet.

If you have any concerns about our plans please do get in touch. Our aim is to provide a comfortable place to spend much needed time-out creating and giving your brain a refreshing boost. We want you all to feel comfortable that you are in a safe space, so please feel free to let us know if we could do something differently.

These protective measures are based on the government guidelines “Protective Measures for Holiday or After School Clubs and other Out of School Settings for Children during the Corona Virus (COVID-19) outbreak.” as well as guidance supplied by Obby.co.uk who manage adult workshops and bookings. We will keep in touch with guidelines as they change and alter our protocol as required.

www.gov.uk/government/publications/protective-measures-for-holiday-or-after-school-clubs-and-other-out-of-school-settings-for-children-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/protective-measures-for-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

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