Information on keeping you, your gymnast and our coaches safe on their return to gymnastics with Star-Tastic Gymnastics

Working together to keep our gym safe

The health, safety, and welfare of everyone we work with remain the top priority for Star-Tastic Gymnastics. To ensure we take all reasonable steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and facilitate tracing if required, please be aware of and follow the guidelines outlined below

To attend classes you must be able to confirm the following.

  • I confirm that I / members of my household or support bubble are not currently experiencing any of the symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, namely a high temperature, or a new, continuous cough, a loss, or change to your sense of taste/smell.
  • I confirm that I and other members of my household/support bubble have not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days, and are not currently awaiting test results for COVID-19.
  • I confirm that, to the best of my knowledge, I am not required to self-isolate, either for travel or National Government close contact requirements.
  • I confirm that I have been meeting the relevant National Government COVID-19 guidelines and requirements (e.g. face coverings were mandatory).
  • Please take a Lateral Flow test, before coming in if you are unsure. Lateral Flow tests are free and can be ordered in England through the Gov UK website. https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae. 

We will continue making hand gels and wipes available and will maintain touchpoint cleaning.

We will continue to monitor close contacts – keeping a record of everyone in classes via our registers and groups on the day.

Self-isolation – if you are a close contact of someone who tests positive and are fully vaccinated (fully-vaccinated includes a time period of 14 days since the second jab), you will not be required to self-isolate, however, you should have a negative NHS PCR test before returning to the gym.

Social Distancing Policy

Social Distancing Policy

The Social Distancing Policy of Star-Tastic Gymnastics Club is to be adopted while the restrictions of the Coronavirus remain in place. It applies to anyone coming into the workplace in any capacity, including employees at all levels. It has been created to ensure, so far as it is reasonably practicable, that work will be carried out in our workplace with a commitment to protecting everyone who comes onto the premises.

This policy has the full support of the Director, Managers and all coaches.

In implementing this commitment to manage social distancing properly we will:

  1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment. Before restarting work on a site we will ensure the safety of the workplace by carrying out a risk assessment and letting our employees know the results of the risk assessment.
  2. Encourage employees to work at home wherever possible and only bringing in coaches that are absolutely required.
  3. Encourage employees to walk to work where possible and provide additional parking areas for bikes to allow more employees to cycle to work. There is lots of parking on site so coaches should park further away from the sports hall and attempt to leave a space between cars.
  4. Employees should not use public transport where possible to minimise their risk of infection.
  5. Stagger arrival and leaving times into 15 minute blocks and provide floor markings, so that employees and gymnasts maintain a 2-metre distance when entering the building if arriving around the same time as others. (We will be providing hand-sanitiser open entry and exit)
  6. Use clear signage to ensure parents and gymnasts follow the same procedure as employees, after entering the door.
  7. We will enter via our usual door but the exit will be the back fire exit doors for collection at the end of classes.
  8. Gymnasts will move through the hall one way and will not return to the front of the hall.
  9. There will be sections in the gym which will move every 15 minutes following distancing rules.
  10. Use signage to remind employees and visitors of social distancing guidance. Introduce a safe walking route consisting of a one-way system around the corridors and sports hall floor area and ensure employees and gymnasts workstations are sited at least 2 metres away from the walking route.

Self Isolating Policy

Self Isolating Policy

If you start to feel unwell with symptoms that could be Coronavirus – such as a high temperature, continual coughing or a sudden loss of taste or smell do not come to work. Instead follow the guidance below.

If you have come into work and then start to feel unwell with symptoms that could be Coronavirus – such as a high temperature, continual coughing or a sudden loss of taste or smell then you should:

  1. Collect your belongings and go home as quickly as possible. Use the most direct route, staying as far from other people as you can. Try not to touch anything.

  2. As soon as you’re out of the building and away from other people, use your mobile to contact your manager and tell them that you think you may have the Coronavirus.

  3. Your manager will want to know who you’ve spoken to and which bubble you have been coaching. These parents will need to be notified.

  4. Your manager will also want to know which areas of the workplace you’ve been into. They will need all surfaces in all these areas and anything you may have touched to be cleaned and disinfected. This will include high contact areas, such as washrooms.

  5. The current advice for people who think they may have Coronavirus (26th May 2020) is that you should NOT go to your doctors or to a hospital. You should go online and check the current government guidance or use the NHS 111 Online Coronavirus Service for advice. The current advice is to stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days.

  6. After 7 days you can stop self-isolating if your symptoms have gone, or if you just have a cough or changes to your sense of smell or taste – these symptoms can last for weeks after the infection has gone.

  7. You’ll need to keep self-isolating if you have any other symptoms (such as a high temperature, runny nose, feeling sick or diarrhoea). You shouldn’t stop self-isolating until these symptoms have gone.

  8.  You’ll need to keep your manager updated on how you are and what you’ve been advised to do.

  9. Your manager will inform your colleagues. If any of your colleagues feel there’s a chance that they may have been near you or potentially infected they will need to self-isolate for 14 days (because it can take 14 days for symptoms to appear). If the symptoms appear within these 14 days, they will then need to self-isolate for 7 days from the appearance of the symptoms.

  10. Don’t forget that symptoms such as a high temperature or coughing could be for something other than Coronavirus, but it’s best to be on the safe side

  11. Anyone showing symptoms of Covid -19 will be stopped from training and sent home immediately and parents from that bubble group will be advised. We record registers with dates and times and interactions for our Bubble Groups in line with the NHS National Track and Trace Programme. If you suspect you may have Covid-19 you must follow the guidance on the NHS website and request a test which will then begin the track and trace process and you must fully adhere to NHS guidance.

Hand Washing and Hygiene Procedures

Hand Washing and Hygiene Procedures

Hygiene Policy

This is an example containing suggestions of actions that may be taken in a workplace environment to increase hygiene. It’s by no means an exhaustive list -simply an illustration.

Introduction

The Hygiene Policy of Star-Tastic Gymnastics LTD is to be adopted while the restrictions of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) remain in place. It has been created to ensure, so far as it is reasonably practicable, that work will be carried out in our workplace with a commitment to protecting the health of everyone who comes onto the premises.

This policy has the full support of the Director and must be followed by all staff and coaches.

It’s important that a high level of hygiene is maintained at all times, but this is of particular importance at the current time, as the Coronavirus is known to spread through coughs and sneezes and to remain on surfaces for up to 72 hours, allowing it to be easily picked up and spread.​

In implementing this commitment to manage hygiene we will:

  1. Provide hand sanitiser. Hand sanitiser is provided on entry to the building, in each washroom area, next to every piece of equipment. Additionally, each employee has been provided with a small bottle to have on their person at all times.

  2. Implement a handwashing procedure and encourage employees to wash their hands thoroughly (see above) after going to the toilet/washroom, before and after eating or handling food and after sneezing or coughing, blowing their noses and after every bubble rotation.

  3. Display posters with hygiene advice. Such as: Cough/sneeze into your sleeves, preferably into your elbows. If a tissue is used, discard it properly and clean/sanitize your hands immediately. Avoid touching your face, particularly eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands to prevent from getting infected.

  4. Use an online signing in and out system for gymnasts rather than paper registers. We will be signing in gymnasts on our online database.

  5. Increase the cleaning frequency of washroom (Every Hour on the Hour) and all shared areas, as well as frequently touched things such as, handrails, door handles, entry keypad and lift controls.

  6. Provide additional cleaning products to allow increased cleaning of workstations, and small items such as spots, cones, hoops. These should be wiped cleaned after every usage and the hall will cleaned at the end of every session.

  7. Ensure windows / doors (not fire doors) are opened where possible to increase ventilation.

Responsibility for implementing this Hygiene Policy Statement rests with the Director. The management team endorses this policy statement and is fully committed to its implementation.

This Hygiene Policy Statement will be regularly reviewed and updated as necessary to remain aligned to government guidelines.

Handwashing Procedure

You should wash your hands for the amount of time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice (around 20 seconds):

  1. Wet your hands with water.

  2. Apply enough soap to cover your hands.

  3. Rub your hands together.

  4. Use 1 hand to rub the back of the other hand and clean in between the fingers. Do the same with the other hand.

  5. Rub your hands together and clean in between your fingers.

  6. Rub the back of your fingers against your palms.

  7. Rub your thumb using your other hand. Do the same with the other thumb.

  8. Rub the tips of your fingers on the palm of your other hand. Do the same with other hand.

  9. Rinse your hands with water.

  10. Dry your hands completely with a disposable towel.

  11. Use the disposable towel to turn off the tap.

  12. If you do not have immediate access to soap and water, then use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Return to Training Strategy

Return to Training Strategy

We plan to do this in 5 phases which are detailed below and by adopting this approach, we will stay within the government social distancing requirements and the following information has been added to our risk assessments and all staff have been sent and are aware of this new risk assessment.

Please take time to read this and please get your gymnasts to read or if you can tell them what their responsibilities will be.

General Cleaning

  • Full Clean of equipment every Monday, Tuesday and Friday before training begins and again once all sessions have ended.

  • Toilets, Reception area to be cleaned and disinfected (all door handles, door frames, floor and all areas in the toilets) every hour on the hour and at the beginning and end of sessions.

  • Coaches on arrival to disinfect all equipment before use and then in between pieces as shown under headings coaches’ responsibility and gymnast responsibility