With changes to the Government guidelines announced on 9th September some of us are left wondering whether we can still visit our favourite places and what to expect when we get there?
So, we asked some local businesses to let us know what they're doing differently to help keep us all safe. Here's what they said...
(For the latest guidance and advice we recommend you visit the Government website listed at the bottom of this feature.)
CLUBS AND CLASSES
It's a huge relief to hear that many clubs and classes are able to return and we're excited to get back to having fun together.
Cat, Noodle Performance Arts
At Noodle Performance Arts Cheshire we are reopening classes in Altrincham, Northwich & Wilmslow knowing that not only are our kids safe, but having fun too! From our online registration system enabling Track & Trace, Covid Infection Control training, re-timetabling of back to back classes, endless disinfecting (we are now fab cleaners!) to making sure everyone has their own space (something actors thrive on) we know we’ve taken every precaution to keep the risk to our students and their families as low as it can possibly be. We can’t wait to return! https://noodleperformancearts.com/cheshire/
Angel, Tots Play Sale
Here at Tots Play we're carrying out risk assessments at all of our venues, putting social distancing measures in place, ensuring regular handwashing and thorough cleaning regimes and cleaning individual equipment between uses. We can't wait to welcome everyone back! https://www.totsplay.co.uk/sale
Becca, These Mums Do Fitness
It's been great to get back to face to face classes, some of the new systems we now have in place are:
- pre booking now essential
- class numbers limited within government guidelines
- full Covid policy in place
- track and trace in place should anyone test positive
- must bring own mats
- equipment minimal but sanitised if used before, during and after each session
Michele, Rugbytots North Cheshire
We are currently running socially distanced channels, so the children have their own area to work in (main image above). This encourages social distancing, but also keeps the team effect, as they are still in a group. We are only using equipment that can be easily cleaned in between classes, and there is hand sanitizer available for everybody.
Where necessary, we have also reduced class sizes, to allow for greater social distancing, and we are only using venues that allow us to safely distance everybody.
We are encouraging parent involvement, so that the children have somebody to work with for skills that require a partner.
Jane, Tumbletots Trafford
We have a number of COVID-19 Secure Measures in place to keep children, parents and staff safe in classes. These include maintaining hand washing and hand sanitising procedures, following one way systems, reducing class sizes and regular cleaning of our equipment - you can read more about the necessary steps we are taking to ensure our classes and environments remain COVID-19 Secure here https://www.tumbletots.com/news/news/9695/
HAPPY KIDS ALTRINCHAM PRESCHOOL PLAYGROUP
We are open as usual and having fun! We have a number of COVID-19 measures in place to keep children and staff safe during sessions:
These include maintaining hand washing and hand sanitising procedures, regular cleaning of our equipment & setting, and a detailed Covid-19 Operating Procedure and Risk Assessment. All safety measures are regularly reviewed and updated, according to updated government guidance. https://www.happykidsaltrincham.co.uk/
Little Bigheads is delighted to be back open as we’ve missed all our little customers so much!
Post Covid - We’ve tried to keep things as normal as possible but we’ve had to change quite a few things to comply with guidelines;
Obviously we have to wear PPE, but we’ve tried to keep our masks and visors as subtle and child friendly as we can. We posted pics on our social media of us all wearing our PPE so children could see what we now looked like before they came in.
We’ve introduced a strict appointment only system for all haircuts and shoe fittings, with only a maximum of three families allowed in our shops at any one time, to avoid overcrowding. We’re also asking customers to limit the number of adults who arrive with each child, preferably one adult per child. (Though we appreciate this isn’t always possible) Whilst we’ve always operated an appointment system for haircuts anyway, moving to appointment only is a new process for shoe fitting, and customer feedback so far is that they really love it, as there’s no waiting around and they get a full 30 minutes without feeling rushed or that they are holding other people up. We take customer names and contact numbers of every customer coming through our doors for track and trace purposes.
We’ve allowed extra time in between each and every haircut and shoe fitting for us to wash our hands, change our PPE, fully sterilise our equipment (scissors/combs/fitting gauges) sanitise chairs, stations, mirrors etc. Any shoes tried on are quarantined for 48 hours.
We’ve introduced perspex screens between each cutting station and at reception. We have a one way in /out system to avoid bottlenecks, have automatic hand sanitiser on arrival, at reception and outside our bathrooms. And although we’ve had to stop giving stickers (as giving a sticker involved unnecessary contact) we still have our sweet treats available at the end!
It’s been a challenge working in this post Covid world but it’s been worth it to see everyone again. We’ve been fully booked right through since we reopened on 4th July and we are so grateful to all of our wonderful customers for supporting us. https://littlebigheads.co.uk/
For the latest guidance and advice we recommend you visit the Government website https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus