Meetings protocols for ‘staying safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19’

Sunningdale Parish Council meetings have returned to Face to Face from 7 May 2021, and in line with the government advice from 24 February 2022 face masks are no longer mandatory at council meetings. However the following still applies:

COVID-19 remains a risk

It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated. If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.

All of us can play our part by understanding the situations where risks of COVID-19 infection and transmission are likely to be higher, and taking action to reduce these risks.To ensure that there is sufficient space to host all attendees in a COVID Secure manner, please inform the Clerk prior to the meeting of your intention to attend. This is requested by no later than 10am on the Monday prior to the Tuesday meeting.

Meeting In doors.

As all council meetings take place indoors, the council will continue to fully ventilate the meeting room to reduce the risk of catching or spreading COVID-19. Meetings will also continue to be held in a timely manner keeping to a 2 hours maximum time limit.

If you are attending a council meeting you should consider wearing extra layers to help you to keep warm should it be cold weather.

Consider wearing a face covering

COVID-19 spreads through the air by droplets and aerosols that are exhaled from the nose and mouth of an infected person. Whilst there is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering, the Government suggests that you continue to wear one in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet.

Get tested and stay at home if you have symptoms.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

Stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you test positive

If you have COVID-19 you can infect other people from 2 days before your symptoms start, and for up to 10 days after. You can pass on the infection to others, even if you have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. If you have COVID-19 the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

Wash your hands regularly and cover coughs and sneezes

It is particularly important to wash your hands:

  • after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose
  • before you eat or handle food
  • after coming into contact with surfaces touched by many others, such as handles, handrails and light switches
  • after coming into contact with shared areas such as kitchens and bathrooms
  • when you return home

Where possible, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. If you do need to touch your face, for example to put on or take off your face covering, wash or sanitise your hands before and after.

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