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 Post subject: GBPS Meetings - Social Distancing Rules
PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:49 pm 
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There will be some social distancing rules in place for our meetings for the foreseeable future. These will no doubt change over time but in essence what they are currently is as outlined below.

While in the RPSL Building

We must abide by the rules set out by the RPSL. You will be briefed on arrival but the rules will include:

  • Try to maintain social distancing (the 2-metre rule) as much as possible while in the building, especially when in the lounge for coffee & biscuits.
  • The lift will be reserved for those members that really need to use it with a one-at-a-time restriction in place.
  • When using the stairs there will be a one-way system in place; we will go up the main staircase and down the back staircase (you will be shown how to access this on the day).
  • Coffee and biscuits will still be served to members but drinks will be in disposable cups.
  • Lunch bookings for the pub will be taken as normal (when members gather in the lounge prior to the meeting start) but a member of Council will write the lunch order list to keep the handling of the lunch booking sheet to a minimum.

While in the Meeting Room

RPSL will put us into the largest meeting room available. However, the GBPS are responsible for our members while in the meeting room and it is for the society to set and police our own rules while in the meeting.

  • The room seating will be laid out to maximise social distancing during the presentation.
  • The need for the wearing of masks by members will be determined on the day dependant on the attendance levels.
  • It is likely the speaker will not be required to wear a mask, so that their presentation will actually be intelligible to the members present who will, by necessity, be sat further from the speaker than would normally be the case.
  • Viewing the display material will be managed rather more formally than is usual, again to aid the maintenance of social distancing levels.
  • There will be a “no-touching” policy for the display, so please do NOT pick up display sheets for a closer look.

While in the Candlemaker Pub at Lunch

The Candlemaker have stipulated their own social distancing rules for us while on the premises:

  • Hand sanitiser stations are dotted around the pub. Please use ON ARRIVAL and at any other time you feel the need.
  • Please follow any directional markings within the pub, to reduce contact with other customers.
  • Full at-seat service is on offer, so no need to get drinks at the bar on arrival or during the meal.
  • Please limit movement around the premises (the at-seat service should help in this).
  • No cash payments will be accepted; card and app payments only (using the “Youngs” pub chain app).
  • Seating will not be at our usual large single table but in the main seating area towards the rear where they will seat us at multiple smaller tables (normally seating a max of 4 per table). Members should adhere to the latest government guidelines which currently state people from a max of 2 households should sit together (unless they are already in a wider/larger bubble). In practical terms this means sitting at tables singly or in pairs for most members.
  • Please do NOT rearrange any tables or chairs. If something needs to be moved talk to a member of staff.

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