COVID-19 Guidelines for River Valley Area Community Gardens, Inc.
Until the health emergency is declared over and to help stop the spread of COVID-19, the River Valley Area Community Gardens has developed the following guidelines for our gardeners. These guidelines are important to keep you and your neighbors healthy
Every person entering the garden is responsible for preventing the spread of infection. The Gardens and its gardeners shall follow all local, state and federal government and health organization guidelines and proclamations.
Be Proactive: Do not assume anyone else has followed the local, state or federal health guidelines.
Do not come to the garden if you are ill. Seek medical advice if you exhibit COVID-19 symptoms including: High Fever, Cough and/or sore throat, Shortness of breath, etc.
Any gardener who knows or has been advised to self-isolate because they are presumed positive for COVID-19, or has come into contact with someone that is, should not come to the garden
If you become ill and cannot work your plot, please notify either of the following Board Members so that your plot may be tended while you are recovering: Doug Rouse, or Duane Miller .
High Risk Gardeners: We have High Risk people gardening with us. If you are high risk, please contact us so we can help protect you as much as possible.
Social Distancing: Practice the 6 to 8 foot social distancing guideline. Gardeners with adjacent plots may want to schedule day or time to work to observe distancing guidelines if you find you are gardening at the same time.
Face Coverings: Face coverings should be warn whenever there is more than one family at the Garden.
Sanitizing: Bring sanitizing wipes or bleach rag to wipe down anything that someone may have touched before you and will touch after you.
Hand Washing: Wash your hands when you return home. For extra safety, carry your own hand sanitizing gel or hand-washing station ( a ziplock bag, or other container, with very soapy water and a washcloth).
Gloves: Gloves do not replace proper hand sanitation procedures. Properly wash your gloves.
Tools: Gardeners are encouraged to bring their own tools if you have them and take them home to avoid disease transmission.
Garden Owned Tools: Gardeners using the Gardens owned tools should wash the tools, and handles including the tiller, wheelbarrow and wagon with soap and water, diluted chlorine bleach wipe or wipe with sanitizing wipes before and after using them.
Shed and Lockers: If you enter the shed or use the lockers, wipe down the shed door lock or the locker handles before and after using them
Hoses and Spigots: Thoroughly wipe down the hose nozzle and spigot BEFORE AND AFTER USE with sanitizing wipes or soap and water and wipe down what you touch.