Thames21 volunteering events: coronavirus guidance

 Thames21 supports communities to come together, protect their local rivers and have fun, which of course means staying safe at all times.

Given the latest Public Health England advice, our planned Thames21 volunteering events will still go ahead with the following simple guidelines for everyone to follow to keep us all safe. Thames21 events take place outside, with plenty of space to observe safe distances from others.

The UK Chief Medical Officers have now raised the coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to the UK from moderate to high, and we’re therefore asking all volunteers to take extra hygiene precautions to prevent the spread of this, or any other, preventable illness:

  • Do not attend a clean-up if you feel unwell or are showing cold or flu like symptoms, stay home to protect yourself and others
  • Wear gloves during the clean-up at all times (we will always provide these)
  • Wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds before and after your event (we will provide hand sanitiser or sign post to accessible hand washing facilities)
  • Stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people whenever possible

To make sure our events are as safe and enjoyable as possible, Thames21 will:

  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects, such as litter pickers
  • incorporate the latest coronavirus advice throughout the health and safety briefing at the beginning of every clean-up.

Thames21 river cleans are a wonderful way to show how much we care about our local environment. To have fun, as well as to make a difference, it is important to stay safe and take these simple precautions.

We will continue to monitor Government announcements and update our advice on our news page as the situation evolves.