Cleaning

  • Is the 72 hour “out of use” gap an alternative to any form of cleaning?
  • If the 72 hour “out of use” gap is adopted then can we ensure an area is not accessed for 72 hours?
  • What is deep cleaning and is it required? What are the official rules/guidelines?

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Reply to  martinf
5 months ago

But the Govt guidance in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-places-of-worship-during-the-pandemic-from-4-july doesn’t contain any reference to 72 hours. Only 48 hours are mentioned, in the section about “the use of shared items” ….

” … Items which cannot be easily cleaned should also be subject to the 48 hour quarantine after use”.

So which to use, 72 or 48?

martin
martin
Reply to  martin
5 months ago

72 seems to come from another govt doc …..

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

‘The infection risk from a COVID-19 contaminated environment decreases over time. It is not yet clear at what point there is no risk from the virus, however, studies suggest that, in non-healthcare settings, the risk of residual infectious virus is likely to be significantly reduced after 48 hours.
In situations where someone has symptoms of COVID-19, we continue to advise storing personal waste for 72 hours as an additional precaution.’

martin
martin
Reply to  martin
5 months ago

Email response (today) on this discrepancy from Connexional director of property support ….

I have been passed your query by Connexional colleagues regarding a potential discrepancy between Connexional and Government guidance.
 
It is true that there is a difference in times stated between Connexional and Government guidance – unfortunately this is driven by a similar lack of clarity by the government document on cleaning which suggests both figures and puts the onus on those managing the building risk to take responsibility:
 
‘The infection risk from a COVID-19 contaminated environment decreases over time. It is not yet clear at what point there is no risk from the virus, however, studies suggest that, in non-healthcare settings, the risk of residual infectious virus is likely to be significantly reduced after 48 hours.
In situations where someone has symptoms of COVID-19, we continue to advise storing personal waste for 72 hours as an additional precaution.’
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings
 
Our view therefore with cleaning of the whole building generally is to currently err on the side of caution and in terms of general cleaning follow the 72 hour rule (we may review this in the future, but feel in current circumstances of various increased infections nationally this is a safer approach); it also ensures those that have the responsibility for cleaning to have a level of assurance too. We recommend this for all surfaces and articles.
 
In the Connexional guidance, the only item we have suggested a 48 hour rule on are books as we would suggest the risk on these specific items is reduced as most may only be used perhaps twice a week anyway – and we still recommend finding alternative approaches anyway (this is in our guide for your Worship Space).
 
As I said, I thank you for noticing this, and as research progresses, we may take a view to change all our guidance to accord with the 48 rule, but feel at the moment the current approach provides some greater mitigation to the risks posed.
 
Whilst writing, any queries on this or other property matters can be sent directly to the Connexional Property Support team on the general email address copied in.
 
Hope this helps.
 
Best wishes
Stephen Hetherington DipArch MArch ARB | Director of Property Support 
The Connexional Team

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