2nd April 2020

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Coronavirus AMSG Social Distancing Advice

What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are to:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  3. Work from home, where possible. 
  4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.
We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:

  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks.

Social distancing within the workplace, when it is essential to do so?

  • Maintaining physical distance. Possible solutions may include to place tape marking out the recommended 2 metres exclusion on the production/work area as far as practicable; limiting the number of people in essential face to face meetings considering size of room, staff rest/welfare areas-preferably consider takeaway food service or how best to distance and/or restrict access time.
  • Ensure staff perform necessary hygiene procedures and ensure frequent hand washing.
  • Workplaces should review cleaning activities and routines. You should consider increasing frequency, especially of hand contact surfaces.

As per government guidance, retail and public premises which we expect to remain open must:

  • Ensure a distance of 2 metres between customers and shop assistants
  • Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded
  • Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open
  • Increase sanitising of hand contact areas including but not limited to; door handles, trolleys, baskets, conveyor belts, card machines and checkout areas

Areas Open to the Public:

  • Limit the number of customers in store at any one time, consider placing signage in/outside the premises to inform customers.
  • Increase security presence where required, such as queue management (internal & external)
  • Reiterate to staff not to put their own safety at risk in the event of abusive customers or shoplifters
  • Provide suitable screening around checkouts where possible
  • Ensure staff perform necessary hygiene procedures and ensure frequent hand washing.
  • Clearly tell customers they should shop alone when possible and only buy what they need.
  • Enforce essential workers’ and vulnerable people’s shopping hours.
  • Maintain physical distance. Possible solutions may include to place tape marking out the recommended 2 metres exclusion on the shop floor area, thus ensuring that distance is maintained between staff and customers as far as practicable.
  • Accepting payment with contactless if you can, if not, have customers place money on counter and adhere to distancing guidelines during transactions.

The following images are available as PDFs –

Social Distancing – HERE

Power of Social Distancing – HERE

Public Information Sources:

NHS ADVICE: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-

BBC NEWS: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cyz0z8w0ydwt/coronavirus-outbreak

We hope you find this information useful