8 April 2020 Version 1 Raleigh Street Christian Centre
GUIDELINES FOR SHARING ITEMS DURING COVID 19 LOCKDOWN
The following guidelines should be used by RSSC personnel if needing to share physical items with other people during the Covid 19 Lockdown. They are intended to minimise the risk of the SARS-CoV-2 virus being transferred on items between people in separate “bubbles”.
These guidelines are based on the following precepts:
• We must all act as if we have the virus, and therefore items we pass on to other people could be contaminated with the virus.
• The virus can survive for up to 24 hours on porous surfaces such as cardboard, paper and fabrics.
• The virus can survive for up to 72 hours on hard shiny surfaces such as glass, plastics and stainless steel
• We should only share items that are considered essential to the ongoing ministry of RSCC
• These guidelines are conservative to protect both the health of our people, and the reputation of RSCC
• Guidelines are consistent with government guidance and scientific advice. (https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc2004973?query=featured_home).
If needing to share any physical items with another person:
• The drop off and pick up needs to be done while maintaining the recommended 2 metre separation at all times. Items should be left at the house entrance – the person dropping off should not enter the other person’s home. Where possible notification of the drop off should be made by text or phone, rather than knocking on doors, to avoid touching door handles etc.
• The person receiving the items should assume that the item or container/bag they were placed in may have been contaminated, and place them in a spot where they can be “quarantined” for either 24 hours for porous items, or 72 hours for hard/shiny items.
• The receiving person should wash their hands thoroughly for the recommended 20 seconds immediately after placing the items in quarantine, and avoid touching their eyes/mouth/nose or any other surfaces in their home until they have washed their hands.
• Be aware of the risk of porous items (eg books) being delivered in a plastic bag where the plastic bag could remain contaminated for 72 hours. The packaging should be disposed of or quarantined.
• Electronic items such as laptops, recording instruments etc should be considered as “hard and shiny” and be quarantined for 72 hours.
• Gloves could possibly be worn to avoid direct contamination of hands, but be aware that the gloves could then be contaminated and would need to be immediately washed or disposed of to avoid contaminating other surfaces.
• Quarantine rules do not need to be applied to items which can be easily sanitized by wiping down with an approved sanitizing solution.