I am very well aware of potential risk, and would like to reassure you that I take this issue very seriously. Every person booking my courses will need to comply with these Covid-19 Rules, for the sake of ourselves and the whole group. It is a condition of booking that everyone signs up to confirm their acceptance of these Rules.
I believe the key here is careful planning, and fostering a spirit of cooperation and mutual care. I would also respectfully ask that you take social distancing care in the few days before attending a course, to reduce risk as far as possible. At the time of writing, the vaccination programme is being unrolled across the country, and I will update this document in line with the advisability/availability of being vaccinated.
A 2-page Risk Assessment document is available here on my website; this gives the details on which these Rules are based. When you book your place on a course, you will be confirming that you agree to abide by these Rules.
Length of sessions
Course sessions will last longer than usual to allow for copious cleaning and the need for social distancing.
Face-masks or visors
It will be necessary for everyone to wear a mask or visor throughout the course unless eating or drinking. If you have a genuine reason for not being able to wear one, please let me know as I will need to inform other students on the course.
Hand-washing will take place for all students at beginning, during and at end of sessions.
This will take place as each student arrives.
Social distancing of 2m regardless of government guidelines. We ask for awareness of each other throughout the day. Tables will be spaced 3m apart.
Maximum number of people = 7 (including me).
Hay Parish Hall is a very large light airy space, with excellent central heating and plenty of ventillation. Windows and doors will be open.There are kitchen and toilet facilities, which can be used on a one-at-a-time basis. You will need to bring your own cutlery, mug and plate if you intend eating or drinking while in the Hall.
At Hellens Manor, there are toilet facilities but no kitchen facilities available, so please bring your own supplies of food, drink and snacks.
You are requested to bring your own materials. If this is impossible please let me know, because with careful cleaning and awareness, I may be able to lend you the necessary equipment.
Deposits and cancellations
I will be taking a £20 deposit for each place, with the full balance due 10 days before the course starts.
However, it’s possible that health-related issues cause the course to be cancelled or postponed, in which case I will refund your deposit and any fee-balance you have already paid. The final decision to go ahead with a course will be made in the week preceding the start date i.e. at the point where it is possible to assess the ongoing situation.
If you need to cancel your booking because of Covid-19 or illness, I will try to refund the full amount paid, but may have to retain a small amount to cover any costs I have already had to pay out. If you need to cancel for any other reason, please give minimum 72 hours’ (3 days’) notice. After this point, I will need to retain your full fee including your deposit unless I find someone else to take your place.
If you feel unwell just before the course, please do cancel.
For full details, see this Risk Assessment PDF document.