Update on the current public situation with COVID-19, and Little Kitchen’s response
Following the latest Government announcement on the 22nd of Feb 2021, we have sadly had to cancel all workshops scheduled up until the 17th May 2021. We have contacted those who had/ have a booking between the dates of the 8th March 2021 and 17th May 2021 with information as to how to reschedule your booking. If you receive an automatic ‘We look forward to seeing you’ email about a booking which is due to take place between these dates, please do ignore, we are closed and not running workshops.
To assist us with the administration of rescheduling bookings, we would appreciate it if those with bookings during the current lockdown only contact us if the date of your workshop has passed. The rescheduling of workshops is a manual process and therefore it is a timely process. Please bare with us, we will be in contact via email and will be going through workshops in date order that they are due to take place. We also recommend checking spam/ junk as it is possible that correspondence has ended up there.
If you had a workshop scheduled between 22nd March 2020 and 3rd July 2020 or between the 5th November 2020 and 8th March 2021, where we had to close due to lockdown/ tier 3 restrictions, we will have already emailed with further information as to how to reschedule.
From May 17th 2021 workshops @ Little Kitchen Cookery School will follow the following guidelines until further notice:
- You can attend a workshop with friends and family you do not live with in a group of up to 6.
- If you are due to attend a workshop as a group of 7 or more, we will then email the individual who made the booking with details as to how your booking will work.
- All workshops will all run as per the calendar in our COVID-19 safe environment
What you may want to know when we reopen our doors once again…..
We endeavour to keep customers and staff safe in all our workshops. We will do this by:
- Carrying out enhanced cleaning procedures, before each workshop commencing. You may need to wait outside the premises whilst we finish cleaning tasks and set up for workshops. Please bare with us, we want to ensure that we are fully ready for your arrival.
- Keeping Tutors and Kitchen Assistant training up to date, with all recently renewing/ completing their Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering (Level 2)
- Investing in acrylic screen dividers to separate off work areas
- Staff and customers putting on antibacterial gel on arrival, then washing hands with plenty of opportunities for handwashing during the workshops
- Providing anti bac gel and paper towel to clean mobile phones
- All staff wearing visors throughout the workshop
- Providing Anti bacterial hand gel at each workstation per individual/ pair
- Preparing for individuals to work on their own when booked to attend on their own
- Measuring all spices, some small quantities of liquids and dry ingredients in advance to prevent shared handling of ingredient containers
- Investing in new equipment so there is no sharing of equipment between pairs/ individuals not attending workshops together
- Marking out work areas for clarity on 1 metre social distancing with risk mitigation
- Reducing workshop capacity to allow for social distancing
- One way travel direction in the premises
- Providing disposable aprons for customers, rather than using our cotton aprons
- Providing water jugs per individual/ pair
- Taking money for drinks at the end of workshop and encouraging the use of card payments
- Reviewing Health and Hygiene protocol and holding weekly reviews and updating staff on any changes made
NHS Track and Trace
As all bookings for workshops are made online, we have a record of who has attended each workshop. These records are kept for a minimum of 21 days in case NHS Track and Trace needed to contact customers. As from the 24th September we will be adopting the NHS Track and Trace QR code scanner as this will provide a quicker system for tracing should the need arise. By law we have to request that all customers scan and check-in using the poster in the window before entering the premises for a workshop or at point of entering the premises for registration. If you prefer not to use this, we will take a contact telephone number.
It has become law that face coverings must be worn at hospitality venues when not seated to eat or drink (excluding those with excemptions). Please bring a mask with you if attending a workshop or collecting a recipe kit as this must be worn when moving round the premises.
COVID-19 Symptoms and self isolation
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been asked to self isolate because you have been in contact with someone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19, please do not attend any workshop. You are very welcome to send someone in your place. Please click here to see our Terms and Conditions.
We really appreciate your support at what has been and continues to be a difficult time for us and all of our team.
Madeleine and Claire and all the Little Kitchen team x