Make sure you are healthy before going to the garden:
All garden members agree to do a Covid-19 health self-assessment each day before attending the garden to ensure they are not ill. If you may be sick, you need to self-isolate or seek medical advice and not go to the garden until you are better. You can find the assessment online: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ or if you don’t have internet at home, please ask your coordinator or Just Food for information about this.
Maintain Physical Distancing of 2 metres (6 feet)
All garden members must maintain physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) at all times, unless they are of the same household.
Only 1 or 2 garden members should be working at each plot. Having more than 1 or 2 garden members will make it more difficult to maintain at least 2 metres from all other people and would be unfair to other garden members.
Specifically, Access to individual plots is restricted to:
- those gardeners registered to that plot and children of the primary plot-holder’s household.
- In the case where gardeners registered to an individual plot are from different households, no more that two who must follow Ontario’s physical distancing guidelines.
- For 10 x 10 ft plots, pay particular attention to the 6ft distancing rule if a neighbour is present at the same time.
- For contiguous 20 x 5 ft plots, you will be notified of an alternate day access schedule.
Children should only be brought to the garden on an as-needed basis. Children cannot be brought in if they are too young to understand physical distancing and cleaning rules in the garden (unless they can be kept in a stroller or are carried in an on-body support). They must also remain in their plot. Parents or guardians who bring children to the garden are responsible for following the guidelines and sanitizing any tools the children use.
members may wear non-medical face masks if they choose especially when physical distancing is difficult, to protect others from the spread of droplets generated by breathing, talking, coughing, sneezing, etc. Face masks can reduce (not eliminate) the spread of droplets from people who are infected but aren’t showing symptoms. Masks don’t replace proper physical distancing. See guidance from Health Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-devices/activities/announcements/covid19-notice-home-made-masks.html
Keep Hands and Tools Clean and Safe
Garden members must practice good personal hygiene practices such as washing hands, coughing or sneezing into their arm, and not touching their face (mouth, nose, or eyes) unless they have washed their hands immediately before. Washed hands are the best protection against accidently transferring the virus to your mouth, nose or eyes where infection can get started.
Wash hands as soon as possible before and after gardening at the site. If hands are visibly soiled, handwashing with soap and water is preferred, but hand sanitizer can be effective if dirt is removed from hands first.
Wearing gloves does not replace good handwashing. From the guidance provided, we are not necessarily encouraging the use of gloves—latex or gardening. Use your own garden gloves and bring them home to wash with soap and clean water after each use. Always wash your hands thoroughly immediately after taking off your gloves.
Keep garbage and clutter out of the garden to maintain cleaner surfaces.
Consider minimizing the use of shared tools and cleaning and disinfecting tools that are shared.
Cleaning and sanitizing liquids will be provided at the garden along with a container filled with water that will be regularly renewed by the Water Team. Individual members will no longer have direct access to the water supply.
Garden members can consider bringing their own cleaner/ disinfectant to wipe commonly touched surfaces prior to use and ideally after. These may include: reusable bins, buckets, shared tools, railings, doorknobs, water spigots and tables. Ensure that all dirt and other organic matter is removed from the surface of tools before sanitizing. Make sure tools are dry before sanitizing or else the sanitizer will be diluted.
- For disinfecting, use a disinfection solution that meets the advice of the Public Health Ontario and Health Canada for Cleaning and Disinfection for Public Settings: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet-covid-19-environmental-cleaning.pdf?la=en