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Fair on the Rec – Concerns Raised

Ward Members have noted concerns raised regarding the fair taking place in the Rec this year, but this is allowed to take place under current government guidelines https://www.gov.uk/…/working-safely…/the-visitor-economy

 Swale Borough Council has advised the following:
“The advice from HSE is that if the fair can take measures to be Covid secure we cannot close it down. So it is a question of our officers engaging with the fair to make sure it is Covid secure. This is a list of measures they took at Rectory Playing Field. As far as I know, it ran without incident. They have revised paperwork including risk assessments, operational procedures, capacity measurements and my team and H+S officer are agreed they are now Covid Secure. The HSE are clear that if they can meet Covid secure guidelines then they should be allowed to operate. They have secured the fairground site with Heras fencing and have separate entrance and exits that will be staffed by SIA security to control entry. Signage is prevalent and they have marked one way system arrows in the high footfall areas. Capacity has been set on the basis of size of site and an increased square meterage per person. From recent experiences in other towns they expect about 250-300 people each night. The fair will close at 8pm rather than 10pm therefore appealing to more family groups and has limited the rides to more family appeal rather than old youth. Groups of larger than 6 will not be permitted and stopped at gate. They have appropriate stewards that will be tasked with breaking up groups inside the site. Rides are operating under capacity as with permanent theme parks to allow splitting of groups. Track and trace compliance via QR code is mandatory for entry as per govt guidelines. Equipment has been treated with the Govt approved chemicals to make safe. This will be applied after each night. Sanitising stations are provided before and after each ride. Social distancing messages are communicated at regular intervals.”

28 September 2020
Last Updated
12 November 2020
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