The presence of the viral pathogen Sars2-Coronavirus in our society requires us to modify our teaching and training methods at the Academy to help ensure the safety of members and attendees at our classes. We have no knowledge at present as to how long these procedures will need to be in operation or whether they will need to be modified in the event of changes in the pandemic status.
The basic strategy is for everyone to minimise the risk of becoming infected by containing the spread of the virus by physical measures e.g. hand washing or sanitising with an alcohol based gel, wearing a facemask and remaining a safe distance apart. The risk of infection is lower in well-ventilated spaces where there is good airflow and people remain a safe distance apart. Indoor training therefore poses some risks, which can be mitigated if proper precautionary procedures are followed.
Members’ Covid-19 security procedures - Classroom etiquette
When attending a class all attendees must proceed as follows:
- Attendees should, if possible, come to class dressed ready for training, with the exception of outdoor shoes there should be no need to change your clothing.
- Remove outdoor coats, jackets etc and leave them in the designated area.
- Either wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds at least, or use some alcohol based hand sanitiser to disinfect their hands. (Sanitiser will be provided by The Academy)
- Then sign into the register if you are a returning attendee, or fill out a Covid-19 contact tracing contact form then sign in the register if you are new to the class.
- During training class members must avoid physical contact with other members….
- And remain at least 2 metres apart at all times.
- The wearing of facemasks is optional (face masks will be provided by the academy if you wish to wear one).
- If you partake of the refreshment offered (Chrysanthemum tea) all vessels must be used only once and after use put into the sink for subsequent washing. Otherwise you may bring your own refreshment in your own receptacle.
- Instructors may move about between the attendees to give specific instructions/corrections, but will be masked and come no closer than 1 metre. There will be no physical contact.
- At the end of the lesson participants may keep any facemask they have used but are asked to dispose of it properly at home, or dispose of it in the bin at The Academy. They may also re-sanitise their hands if the feel they need to.
- Members should leave promptly by the designated exit.
Procedures for members attending weapons classes
All the above procedures apply but in a weapons class there are some extra requirements
- Once you have selected the sword, sabre or spear you must wipe over all its surfaces with a viruscidal disinfecting wipe (provided by the Academy).
- Do not share your weapon with any other member or let another member handle you weapon, it is for your sole use during the session. If you must put down your weapon put it safely on a disinfected table, do not put it on the floor.
- If you are bringing your own personal weapon to the class, the above procedures must be followed.
Track and trace procedures
In the event of an attendee of a class becoming infected or showing symptoms that suggest they have become infected they must contact the academy by phone (00789 703 408) and/or e mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know and then follow the recommended self-isolation procedures as outlined below.
Therefore we require that:
- Each attendee must fill out our Covid tracing form with full contact details the first time they attend a class.
- Each time you attend a class, you must sign-in to the register so we have a proper record of attendance.
It is most important that each person is registered in the class. In that way we can offer the names of other attendees at your class to the test and trace service should they be needed.
What you should do if at any time you start to show symptoms of Covid-19 infection
Apart from contacting the academy either by E-Mail or telephone (07789 703 408) the general procedures are as follows:
Check the symptoms - the main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 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 – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
Get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus
You can have a test (swab test) to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) now.
You can choose to take the test:
- at a test site near you today and get your result tomorrow
- with a home test kit
There is another test, the antibody test to check if you've had coronavirus. This is not widely available yet.
You can get a test:
- for yourself, if you have coronavirus symptoms now (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)
- for someone you live with, if they have symptoms
- if you live in England and have been told to have a test before you go into hospital, for example, for surgery
if you live, work or study in these local council areas: Leicester, Luton, Pendle, or Blackburn with Darwen
- if your local council has asked you to get a test
This service is for people in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
When to get a test:
If you have coronavirus symptoms, apply as soon as you can - DO NOT WAIT
You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
- Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
further government advice is:
If anyone has any of the symptoms above they should self-isolate for at least 7 days. Their household contacts should also self isolate for 14 days from when they first developed symptoms.
Anyone who displays symptoms should arrange to have a test to check if they have coronavirus. If they test negative, they and their household contacts can end their self-isolation.