Nature Works Wonders – Covid-19 Policy

How I will try to keep you safe

The health and safety of everyone who attends my wellbeing walks and forest bathing sessions is of paramount importance to me. To reassure you I am sharing the measures I am taking to keep you safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Legal requirements

I will regularly update my risk assessments for each walk and in-person sessions. To provide additional reassurance, Nature Works Wonders has fulfilled the required criteria for the Covid-19 industry standard certificate. This standard is called ‘We’re Good To Go’ and was created in partnership with Visit Britain.

With the situation constantly changing, I will continue monitoring the latest government guidelines. I also regularly check council websites for news of any local restrictions in areas where sessions will be held.

I will schedule sessions for low-peak times i.e. not at weekends to help minimise contact with large groups of people. By working with site owners, I monitor which groups use these spaces to help limit contact.

Before the event – reducing risks

Numbers are limited to five people (excluding the organiser) for face to face sessions.

I also offer virtual sessions if that feels more suitable to you.

All participants will sign a disclaimer when they buy tickets. This declares you are in good health and will not attend sessions, if you or someone in your household is showing symptoms of Covid-19 (see below), or have returned from a country not on the government’s green list of destinations in the last 14 days.

Please do not attend a session if you are showing any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • you have a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you are in any doubt about whether you should take part, please get in contact with me in advance to discuss.

If I, as the organiser, show any symptoms of Covid-19, I will postpone the session at the earliest opportunity and self-isolate.

Track and Trace

I keep a register of attendance, but I will be making this information available in the advent of any track and trace requirement. Therefore, please ensure I have your latest contact number.

Your personal information is held securely for 21 days in line with GDPR regulations.

If you display Covid-19 symptoms within seven days of a session, please contact me so that other members of the group can be informed.

What to bring

As a guide, I carry a First Aid pack with me for emergencies, but I am not a qualified first aider. Please bring your own mini pack to include anti-bacterial wipes, plasters, disposable face mask and gloves.

Please bring your own hand gel and use this as needed on the day. I will also bring spare hand gel with me.

On the day

Please consider walking or cycling to the starting point if you live nearby. If using public transport, please take the necessary precautions, such as wearing a face mask and use hand gel when you arrive. Please avoid car-sharing to limit contact with others.

Each session will start with an introductory health and safety talk. This will remind everyone to follow social distancing guidelines, use your hand gel regularly, try not to touch your face and wear face masks if you want to.

I will remind everyone at the start of the session to keep a one to two metres apart from each other, in line with social distancing guidelines.

Before the session begins, we will agree, as a group, a simple safe signal to use if we need more space. Periodically I will encourage the group to stop, and take a step back, to ensure we have sufficient space.

Very few walks will go through gates/stiles/over bridges and often we can go past these areas without touching surfaces. Where needed, we will use our elbows to open gates to minimise risks. I will remind attendees to keep their distance at these ‘pinch points’ and to use hand gel.

All mindfulness activities, forest bathing invitations and essential oil experiences will be optional and will be done individually.

At the end, I will remind everyone to use their hand gel and wash their hands for 20 seconds at home.

Nicolette Evans, Nature Works Wonders                                   22 September 2020