Why we should leave gates open

"I’m not sure we are carrying out the best procedures to prevent the spread of this terrible virus bearing in mind many allotments holders are in the most vulnerable age group.

The gates and locks are all made of materials that the virus survives on longest and we all have to use them at least twice a day. I see people using their gloves to protect themselves and then putting them in their pockets thinking the have done the right thing, but they have not, once the gloves are used to open the gate they then loose their integrity and should be disposed of securely not carried around with them or get in their car wearing them so they can then lock the gate behind them. Of course we have the option of using sanitizing gel, if you can get it, one visit entails using the gel four times if you remember to bring it with you. I also see people who use no protection at all at the gates. The result of all this is that we could very well  be creating hot spots of transmission

Interestingly I visited the Health Centre on Monday and there all the doors which were not automatic were wedged open so people had no need to touch the handles. I spoke to my son of my concerns yesterday evening, he is a Dr of Molecular virology,I won’t tell you his answer but the gist of it was that our procedures were not sound.

I understand the need for security but at this time of year there are many more people at the allotments than usual plenty enough to challenge a stranger if necessary. Most pilfering takes place at dusk and even if all the gates are secure a determined thief will gain entry.

So why not leave the gates open and close down all the potential transmission sites? Trust the last person to leave to close the gate as before."

Added content: Those opening and closing gates should use government guidelines to prevent contamination. The best advice is use disposable gloves (and dispose of them!) and to wash hands as soon as possible.

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