The COVID pandemic has left us all facing a fast moving, ever changing situation. From 14 day lock downs to Keep Calm and Carry On, it seems that even national governments can’t agree on what should be the response.

We at High Q are using the World Health Organisation advice as our starting point to minimise the risk to our candidates and training staff. To that end, here’s what we’ve done, and are now doing:

All software (harnesse and, cowstails) are laundered after every course, and helmets soaked in dilute disinfectant. In addition we have now deep cleaned all hardware by soaking in diluted bleach solution, and then rinsing.

Our bathroom facilities are already cleaned each day with bleach. This will be done twice a day. Further, all surfaces including tables, worktops, bathrooms, have been deep cleaned with diluted bleach solution, and will be further disinfected each day.

We are removing all cups and glasses, and all fabric towels. Disposable cups are being supplied, and disposable towels.

Disinfectant surface spray and wipes are widely available for daily cleaning of all hardware and surfaces.

We have ordered additional rescue dummies and will have six in the venue now so that we can minimize the need for close person to person rescues.

Class sizes are being reduced to facilitate social distancing.

World Health Organisation advice for the basic protective measures against the new coronavirus

(https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public)

Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.

Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.