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.

Class sizes have been reduced: 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.

The studio has been refurbished and rearranged so that machines are available on individual workspaces. Dressmakers will work in their own space, without the necessity to move to another table to use a machine. These spaces face the wall. There will be two spaces available for dressmakers to be cutting out. One is outside. These will need to be used discretely. We still have only one overlocker, so this will need to be shared.

We have a well ventilated yet sheltered outside space for working as a group, particularly for children and young people. Social distancing of at least 1m is available in this space, as per the guidelines. Each child/young person will have their own larger, discrete space inside for using a sewing machine and/or working.

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.

If you will be dropped off/picked up, please make sure that all waiting adults maintain appropriate safe distance. 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 at all. I do not want to put anyone in any danger, so please let me know if this is going to be a problem.

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).

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

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

The toilet will still be available. The rest of the household will not use it once it has been cleaned prior to Stitch Club. Only one person can come into the house at a time to use the toilet.

There is increasing evidence that fresh air is vital to protecting us from infection. As such we will have the door and/or windows open throughout. We will also use the outdoor space as much as possible. 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.

Masks will not be mandatory, but we have a great pattern for making them and lots of lovely cotton fabric to make them with and would encourage their use. If a group will feel more comfortable wearing masks then we may chose to wear them.

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.” and “FAQs on protecting yourself from aerosol transmission” as well as guidance supplied by who manage adult workshops and bookings. We will keep in touch with guidelines as they change and alter our protocol as required.