Coronavirus has changed the way that we do everyday life. One minute we were in the office and the next we are sat at our make shift office (also known as the kitchen table) reading emails and munching on anything we can find in our cupboards. At York Pi Jam, we have set up a designated communication channel so we can communicate with our team and work out the best way to resume in the future. Although we are all a while away from running events & workshops, we are confident that we will be in the best position to return as soon as it is safe to do so.
It’s been a weird few months but it’s time for our team to get off the sofa and put the cups of tea to a side… it’s time we start to look at getting back to a new normal. Here are some measures we are putting in place to start a safe return in September (if all goes to plan):
Our team have created a short video which will inform you of some of the new house rules that we are planning to implement at our face-to-face operations. The rules in the video will be added to, and altered as and when we get new information, but we hope you can take comfort in knowing we are leaving no stones unturned and that we are consistently looking at how we can continue our community activities as safely as possible. The video will take you less than a minute to watch!
Our design team have come up with the two images you can see to the right. These will become part of our branding showing you how to stay safe. To help ‘stop the spread’ at our events and workshops you will see that we will be implementing social distancing (1m-2m to be exact) and working on ways to keep our team, and attendees, safe through frequent hand washing, surface cleaning and through face coverings.
We’re following all government guidance and also following our gut instinct to determine whether it is safe to return to running events and workshops. It is our priority to look at the science, and the logistics behind running events & workshops safely and we are looking at ways to keep everyone safe. We’re stocking up on hand sanitiser and will be frequently cleaning surfaces to keep the risk of transmission as low as possible. We will also be reducing the amount of attendees and will be asking you to social distance with the help of floor markings and closing workstations. Selby Pi Jam will return later in the year.
York E-Safe is dedicated to providing a service to support every young person, and their parent/guardian, and to help them get the information they need to keep safe online. As York E-Safe coffee groups are held in cafe’s and small environments, and involve having a chat over a cuppa, we are continuously looking at alternative ways to provide this service. As of yet we don’t have a date for our support groups to return but we are working on ways to implement social distancing and good hygiene in this sort of environment. Information and advice on e-safety is always available on their website at yorkesafe.co.uk
We’ve come up with an easy way to show you exactly how we plan to resume our events. It’s a bit like the Nando’s spice guide (sorry Nando’s) and the higher the level is, the more intense the situation is. This level system will be updated and the level descriptions may change as we get more information from the government. You will notice that the levels highlight that our online content will always be maintained as this is a safe way to provide activities straight to your homes. You’ll also notice that Level 1 still means there will be social distancing and good hygiene implemented, this level system will remain in place until we are confident the UK is COVID-19 free. At the moment we are Level 4 meaning that all of our events and workshops are remaining suspended and we are now starting to plan in depth a safe return to starting events and workshops.