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Buckingham Liberal Democrats

Delivering leaflets safely during the pandemic

June 30, 2020 3:00 PM
By Gareth Lloyd-Johnson in ALDC

Ever since the party's official advice changed to allowing us to go and deliver literature, there have been ongoing conversations and debates about the best way to do it. We are encouraging you to go out and deliver as it is important that our residents hear from us. However, we understand that each individual has their own situation and concerns.

With that in mind, we are sharing advice first drawn up by Watford Lib Dems which shows the precautions they are taking to ensure that delivery can be done safely.

LEAFLET DELIVERY GUIDELINES UNDER CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

1. Ensure non-human contact delivery. This includes strictly following the 2m social distancing guidelines and ensuring good hand hygiene. See below internet links to official government guidance.
2. Deliverers should assess the ability to access a property boundary with minimal contact with the property. Be aware that when touching a gate, letterbox or postal box that there is a risk, although extremely small, of transmission. Therefore through each delivery session deliverers are recommended to use hand sanitiser regularly.
3. 100% protection for deliverers cannot be guaranteed, therefore each deliverer is recommended not to touch their face during or after the delivery session without prior use of soap and water or hand sanitiser.
4. If a resident exits their home as delivery is taking place, take a step back, do not hand the leaflet to the resident, and wait until they are 2 meters away and continue with the delivery through the letter box ensuring non-contact.
5. Only people who individually choose to participate in delivery will do so. There will be access to paid delivery services in areas where we are unable to deliver
6. If someone is displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, or is subject to self isolation at the time, or is in the Government's Clinically Extremely Vulnerable category then they must not participate in delivery activities. See below Government guidance links.
7. Infection control, social distancing and Government guidelines will be provided on request in a virtual session for anyone who is not confident that they understand the guidance.
8. Hand sanitiser will need to be readily available to all deliverers in sufficient quantities to ensure safe delivery practice.
9. Continue to review the infection rates closely in the local area, and if further Government restrictions are brought into force, delivery will not take place
10. A member of the Campaigns Committee must keep up to date with the changes in guidance and communicate to delivery networks on any changes that will affect practice
11. Collection of leaflets from the printers will need to take place ensuring social distancing can be appropriately adhered to. Boxes will need to be disposed of safely and leaflets should only be touched by hands that have either been washed/sanitised or are covered with gloves. Each bundling session must include breaks for regular hand hygiene.
12. Ideally the collection and bundling of leaflets should be undertaken by one person working alone. If more than one person from different households participate then the activity must be done in the open air with 2m social distancing measures applied.
13. Anyone taking part in collection, bundling activity must not be displaying any symptoms of COVID-19 or to be subject to self isolation at the time of the activity.
14. Any vehicle used to distribute leaflets must contain hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes and these are to be used in line with the guidance to minimise transmission during transportation. Only one person should be in the vehicle at all times.
15. There is also some additional advice for HMOs, flats and adult social care facilities leaflet delivery:

1. Flats could pose a particular risk due to the physical act of delivery may include frequent contact with many doors, handrails, letter boxes, stairwells and lifts. These would be considered high risk. We could consider Pinning A3 leaflets on notice boards of blocks of flats which would minimise our presence in the building and minimise the risks of transmission via longevity of time within the building. But in the main flats should not be delivered to if the letterboxes are on individual doors or within the building
2. If Letterboxes are on the outside of the building these can be safely delivered to whilst adhering to social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines
3. HMO's could be delivered to if leaflets could be pushed through a box for all residents. It would not be advisable to enter a building to perform delivery under current guidelines
4. Care homes or residential services for working age adults. These are high risk environments and must not be delivered to. These buildings currently have firm no visitor guidance in place. We will locate and produce a list of these services in each ward as for some smaller homes they may be indistinguishable from a standard residential service.
5. Supported living services and warden assisted living services are also high risk environments. Suggest A3 leaflets which can be placed on a notice board to update residents or if there is a good relationship with the warden/house manager one bundle of leaflets could be delivered safely to the outside of the service to be left in a communal area for collection if required by the residents. It is not safe for us to enter these premises to deliver leaflets currently. This may change in accordance with further lifting of restrictions.

Here are links to relevant guidance and information:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/886217/Best_practice_hand_wash.pdf

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/886216/Best_practice_hand_rub.pdf

www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection