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Community Food Growing Sites - Covid-19 Update - 23 March 2021

Following the recent changes to the Covid-19 rules and guidance (published 23/3/21) we strongly suggest you note the following, in order that activity around your growing space is achieved safely and within Scottish Government guidelines. These main points are not exhaustive. Further information, including full rules and guidance can be found using the links.

Best practice for allotment sites and other community growing sites includes:

Wear gloves at all times, including kids.
Wipe down water taps between uses.
Regularly wash hands or apply alcohol sanitiser gel
Dilute bleach solution in sprayer bottles is recommended for entry / exit points to clean gloves.
Strictly maintain 2m social distancing
Do not share hand tools
Use dilute bleach solution between uses of communal facilities (barrows/mowers/ strimmers etc)
No social gatherings
Work parties should be scheduled to provide opportunities for those in “bubbles” where possible. Up to 4 adults from 2 households can be arranged. (Please be mindful of these groups multiplying)

Safety is EVERYBODY’S responsibility.

To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, you must stay at home as much as possible.
By law, in a Level 4 area, you can only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose. Examples of reasonable instances for leaving your home (or garden) are here: 'stay at home’ These include participation in an organised, outdoor non-contact sport or exercise in groups of up to 15 people. For this purpose, ‘organised’ is defined at schedule 5, paragraph 16(3) here:  Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020

Where the exercise is not organised within the meaning of the regulations, it can take place in groups of up to 4 people from 2 households, or where everyone is aged 12 to 17, 4 people from 4 households. Children ages 11 and under can also join these groups and do not count towards the total.

Local authorities and others with responsibility for community food-growing sites can provide specific advice and information as to what measures have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus.

Please contact the Committee / organisers responsible for your allotment / community food-growing site for information regarding what activities can take place on the site and specifically what restrictions or additional local guidance may have been put in place.

Link to Scottish Government Community Food Growing Spaces, Covid 19

On 16 March, the First Minister set out an indicative timetable for easing restrictions over the next two months and, conditional on supportive data, from 2 April the ‘Stay Home’ requirement will be replaced with a ‘Stay Local’ message (retaining the current, local authority-based travel restrictions for at least a three-week period). This means that travel within local authority for a non-essential purpose will be allowed.
SAGS is unable to comment on individual cases and, as the police are responsible for enforcing the law, it would be advisable to speak to your local police force to discuss any specific issues relating to any activity planned for your site or associations. 

Scottish Government infographic for level 4

Scottish Government infographic for level 3