“Covid-19 Pandemic: EWAA Emergency Measures
The following changes come into effect immediately and will remain until further notice:
- Membership: New membership of the allotment association is now closed until further notice. Our current waiting list will be recorded and retained and then processed when our membership reopens with the ending of the pandemic. This is to protect the health of our membership officers.
- Shop: The shop will be closed until further notice to protect the health of our members and shop volunteers. The EWAA committee will be exploring the possibility of setting up a virtual shop, subject to availability of stock and supply chains being able to fulfill orders. If this moves forward, deliveries will be direct to plots.
- Social Distancing Rules – all separate households keeping at least 2 metres apart – will be strictly enforced on site. Plot holders not observing these public health rules will receive a verbal and/or written warning from allotment officers and the committee. A second report of such behaviour will result in the plot holder being asked to give up their plot without further notice. Children are to remain with adult plot holders in the same household at all times. Established helpers who are not named plot holders (or household members) that are not currently registered with the Membership Officer will need to notified to the EWAA in the next 7 days and will need to observe social distancing rules at all times.
These measures were agreed by an emergency committee meeting held on 24 March 2020. They will be revised periodically by the EWAA committee according to any changes in advice from Public Health England and other government bodies.