CORONAVIRUS RISK MANAGEMENT

Coronavirus Risk Management

STAY AT HOME IF YOU FEEL UNWELL
Please do not visit our premises if you are feeling unwell, have a cough, high temperature and or shortness of breath. Visit  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public for up to date information.

HYGIENE IN THE BUILDING
Please ensure you sanitise your hands on arrival and wash hands regularly.  Where possible, rooms will be ventilated. The building is cleaned on a regular basis.

CENTRE SUPPORT
Our Centre is open for booked appointments.  If you do not book an appointment, you may not be seen.  Please do not attend your appointment if you feel unwell with symptoms such as high temperature, cough or shortness of breath.  Our Frontline Staff will continue to carry out Lateral Flow Tests prior to your visit as part of our risk assessment to manage Covid.  All surfaces and equipment will be cleaned prior to your visit.

HOME VISITS
Every home visit will be risk assessed based on the individual needs of the client. Frontline Staff will continue to carry out Lateral Flow Tests prior to any home visit.  Please let us know prior to the visit if you are feeling unwell with Covid symptoms.  We may ask for windows/doors to be open to improve ventilation when we arrive.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Our social activities are risk assessed based on the type of activity.  We will continue to use well ventilated spaces where possible and ask attendees to stay at home if they have Covid symptoms.  Hand washing with sanitiser will continue and all Frontline Staff will Lateral Flow Test prior to an activity.  Volunteers supporting our work will not attend if they have Covid symptoms and practice good hygiene and handwashing when in attendance.

CHARITY SHOP
Whilst it is not mandatory to wear face coverings in retail settings, we do appreciate customers who continue to use them as they protect our volunteers and staff.  Hand sanitiser is available for customers to use at the entrance.  The shop is cleaned regularly and will be well ventilated if the weather permits.

FACE COVERINGS
You may see some of our staff and volunteers continuing to wear face coverings.  This is to protect the people in the building and other visitors especially if they are vulnerable or have vulnerable people at home.

POSITIVE TEST FOR COVID
If someone has a positive test we ask that they remain at home for five days.  On days five and six they can carry out Lateral Flow Tests and return if they have two consecutive negative results.  If they continue to test positive they can return after ten days.

Please contact us directly if you would like any more information.  You can also find out more at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Southend in Sight is the Community Services Division of Southend Blind Welfare Organisation. Southend Blind Welfare Organisation is an independent charity providing practical support and advice to those living with visual impairment and blindness in the Southend-on-Sea area. Registered Charity No: 1069765