COVID-19 guidance – hand washing must take place on entering and leaving places of worship

Portable handwash unit outside a place of worship

Soap and water washing preferred to gels in Government guidance

Places of worship are vital for bringing communities and generations together – but the fact that people gather together, sometimes in quite large numbers, makes them “vulnerable” to the spread of coronavirus, according to recent Government guidance.

First and foremost, the guidance emphasises the critical importance of effective hand washing – which much take place both on entering and leaving the building. And the preferred method is by using soap and running water, with gels only as a last resort.

“On entering and leaving a place of worship, everyone, including staff, should be asked to wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water, or to use hand sanitiser if hand washing facilities are not available.”

Take particular care of children

The guidance recognises that young people need to be protected by effective hand hygiene measures, requiring that they should be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times, with the exception of specialist organised activities.

“They should wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly or use hand sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered.”

Hands should also be thoroughly washed before any consumables are ingested states the regulations.

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Make effective handwashing available for everyone entering or leaving a building

The Teal range of mobile sinks and portable basins cater for every type of hand washing situation. Some units can be used out of doors as well as in and many need no mains electricity or dedicated water supply and are ideal for the provision of effective handwashing upon entering or leaving a building.

Furthermore, as they can be placed on any flat surface, they can be positioned to allow people to socially distance in an open space.

Optional paper towel holders and soap holders are available for units across the range.

There are vehicle mounted, wall mounted, mains powered and free standing hand wash stations as well as mobile sinks for use with pre-heated hot water.

The Teal range of mobile sinks includes the MediWashHygienius and Hygienius ProWashBigSynkSuper StalletteTEALwashHandeman XtraCompact Classic and WashStand – and now the new HandSpa.

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