COUNCIL FOR BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY LATEST ADVICE FOR LOCAL ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETIES & COMMUNITY GROUPS

The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) has issued advice for local archaeology and community groups and societies keen to resume fieldwork and/or face-to-face activities. At the moment they cannot provide archaeology-specific guidance so are advising that societies and groups follow the UK Government’s 5 step guide to working safely. This provides a good starting point when thinking about how to organise activities and events. It covers:

1. Carrying out a Covid-19 risk assessment: The UK Government website has links to HSE guidance on risk assessments.

2. Developing cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures: The UK Government has provided some general guidance on cleaning in non-healthcare settings outside the home.  

3. Helping people to work from home: In terms of fieldwork and events, this is a good point to think about and discuss the practicalities of bringing people together again. If safely meeting face-to-face is going to be difficult at the moment are there opportunities for your members to do any activities individually, in very small groups, or would your members be interested in some social activities or events online?

4. Maintaining 2m social distancing, where possible: You will need to think about the implications of this in terms of the type of activity you are planning and if you are planning an indoor event what implications this will have on the number of participants and the suitability of your venue. The UK Government has produced some guidance on the use of multi-purpose community facilities.

5. And where people cannot be 2m apart, managing the transmission risk: Check the relevant government guidance for your country/region regarding managing transmission and the use of PPE and face coverings.

Further details and individual links to Government guidance can be found here:

https://new.archaeologyuk.org/news/news-returning-to-activities-following-covid-19

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