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GAP during COVID-19: Safety and Precautions

Updated: 9th December 2020

Galway Autism Partnership (GAP) is working to facilitate safe supports and activities in light of the Government’s recovery roadmap and the expectation that COVID-19 will be a part of our lives for the foreseeable future.
GAP understands that this is a difficult time for you and your family, and we will do all that we can to support you during this difficult time.

Under the current Level 3 Restrictions, n
o organised indoor gatherings should take place – this includes our Clubs and Camps. 

In order to offer safe social clubs and activities while simultaneously reducing the risk of harm for our members, employees and volunteers, GAP has introduced the following measures :
1. Social Distancing, Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette: Following Social Distancing Protocols and Government restrictions at all will be critical to reducing the risk of infection and controlling the spread of COVID-19. GAP does not expect every participant to be able to maintain social distancing, which is why other measures such as Hand Hygiene, Respiratory Etiquette and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be important.
2. Adult, Parent and Guardian participation: GAP is relying on your openness and cooperation during these challenging times.
a. All participants must have a completed COVID-19 self-declaration questionnaire before their return to activities and clubs. This will be sent out via email prior to the beginning of a Club or Camp.
b. Responsibility is on the Participant or Parent or Carer (if necessary) to complete the COVID-19 self-declaration questionnaire, disclose symptoms and to check temperature.
c. Please check and record temperature prior to every club or activity.
d. If you feels unwell or shows any symptoms, please stay at home and follow the Government guidelines.
e. If temperature is over 37.5C you must stay at home and please consider contacting your GP.
f. Please practice Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette at all times. Many of our members are vulnerable; we need to work together to allow everyone to enjoy Clubs and activities.
g. Please be mindful that all employees, volunteers and GAP members are currently more at risk of stress and anxiety; we thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
3. Small groups: GAP has always maintained small group sizes to ensure safe and appropriate ratios. This year, our clubs will be smaller and look different, but we hope they are just as fun.
4. Outside: We will emphasise outside activities where possible to do so. In-house clubs and activities are to be reserved for participants with complex needs that are unable to participate in outdoor activities.
5. Limited availability: Because GAP will have to manage with smaller group sizes, Club spaces will be limited.
We look forward to meeting the challenges in the coming months, and we hope to meet the needs of our member and your family as much as possible. Please work with us to ensure the safe, accessible and successful return to normality.
Sabina, GAP Facilitator
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Social Distancing

GAP would like to thank Galway City Council and the Department of Rural and Community Development; COVID-19 precautions and sanitisation solutions were made possible thanks to funding through the COVID-19 Emergency Fund.