Covid-19 – An update from us

Brewery News

By: Rebekah Wadham

As you may be aware, the Government has updated its advice and guidance issued to the public in the last couple of days. Instead of advising us to ‘Stay Safe’, they are now using the slogan ‘Stay Alert’ – a subtle difference to reflect a number of changes they have made to their previous advice.

There will be a limited number of things you can do from Wednesday 13th May that you could not do previously:

• Spend time outdoors – for example sitting and enjoying the fresh air, picnicking, or sunbathing

• Meet one other person from a different household outdoors, in a public place – following social distancing guidelines

• Exercise outdoors as often as you wish – following social distancing guidelines

• Use outdoor sports courts or facilities, such as a tennis or basketball court, or golf course – with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart

• Go to a garden centre or hardware store.

At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. As with before, you cannot:

• visit friends and family in their homes

• exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool

• use an outdoor gym or playground

• visit a private or ticketed attraction

• gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law (for work, funerals, house moves, supporting the vulnerable, in emergencies and to fulfil legal obligations)

As before, the Government is advising you to:

STAY AT HOME AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
LIMIT CONTACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE
WASH YOUR HANDS REGULARLY
KEEP YOUR DISTANCE IF YOU GO OUT (2 METRES APART WHERE POSSIBLE)

A risk assessment was produced before the lockdown commenced so that we could ensure safe working practices and a safe workplace for our colleagues who, due to the nature of their role, needed to attend the workplace to perform it. This risk assessment was updated following the Government’s new “Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)” guidance document, specifically written for factories, plants and warehouses. All of the measures suggested in this document were already in place at the Brewery, but one specific new requirement was to share the risk assessment with all employees, we’ve also decided to share this here

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