The government has issued clear guidelines that are to protect vulnerable members of our community, social distancing needs to be followed by everyone.
The National Trust overnight has now closed its parks and gardens due to people not following these rules and behaving as though they are on holiday.
For us to keep open as an allotment association it depends on on all of our members keeping a safe distance from others.
in practice this should mean that each plot holder and any of their household should keep at least 2m away from other plot holders. In addition hands need to be washed for 20 seconds after opening and closing the entrance gates. There is soap in the toilet block. water supplies are now turned on.
I was on the site all day yesterday and unfortunately not everyone has yet understood the urgency to follow these rules. This is endangering the ability of the NHS to treat those hospitalised with COVID-19 and indeed everyone accessing treatment.
An emergency committee meeting is being held this week to discuss compliance on our site.
If these rules are not followed then we have no option other than to consider closing the allotment for all further access.
Chair, East Ward Allotment Association