Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

COVID-19 Community Gardens Rules & Regulations 

Gardeners must follow these minimum standards to begin the garden season while following public health guidelines for containing the spread of COVID-19.

  • Gardens are to be accessed by registered garden members only (that are listed on the garden contract you provided, as well as official staff/volunteers designated to gardens) and only for maintenance, planting and harvesting.
  • Gardens are otherwise closed to the public. (There will be signage notifying that it is closed to the public).
  • Prior to visiting the garden, all gardeners must complete the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/).
  • Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or has been exposed to the virus must stay at home for 14 days.
  • Use sanitary practices recommended by public health.
  • Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or who has come into contact with someone who has shown symptoms should not come to the garden.
  • Anyone displaying symptoms should be given public health contact information and asked to leave (https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/New-Coronavirus).

People may be infected with COVID-19 and not show symptoms immediately. Even if gardeners appear to be healthy and have had no contact with someone who is at risk, it is still absolutely essential to follow physical distancing and sanitation practices.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING
• Everyone at the garden must maintain physical distancing of 6 feet/2 metres at all times (unless gardening with members of the same household).

  • Gardeners must follow the garden schedule for when gardeners can access their designated plot (schedule to follow).
  • There must be no more than 10 people at the gardens at any one time. If there are more than 10 people, please return at a later day/time.
  • Children should only be brought to the garden on an as-needed basis. Children cannot be brought in if they are too young to understand physical distancing and hygiene practices to the garden (unless they can be kept in a stroller or are carried in an on-body support). Parents or guardians who bring children to the garden are responsible for following the guidelines and sanitizing any tools the children use.

SANITATION

  • Anyone entering the gardens must wash or sanitize their hands before entering and upon leaving, and after using shared tools like the watering system.
  • Gardeners must bring their own sanitizer or hot, soapy, water in a thermos for sanitation.
  • Gardeners must bring their own disinfectant solution. For disinfecting, use a sanitizing solution of either 75% or higher alcohol based product or bleach at a concentration of 20ml/4 teaspoons per litre. Diluted bleach has a shelf life of 24 hours, please mix a fresh batch for the scheduled days you tend to the garden.
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly nose, mouth and eyes unless you have just washed your hands.
  • Gloves do not replace proper sanitation practices.
  • It is even more important at this time to keep garbage and clutter out of the garden to maintain sanitized surfaces. Please remove any garbage and clutter from your plot and take it home to dispose of.

GARDEN SHED
The garden shed will be closed for the season.

  • Gardeners are required to bring their own tools and garden gloves to avoid sharing tools
  • Gardeners are required to take their tools home each time they are at the garden.

WATERING SYSTEM HOSE/RAIN BARREL

  • The watering system is an essential lifeline for the garden. As a communal tool, we all need to exercise extreme care and caution when making use of the hoses/valves.
  • Bring sanitizing wipes or disinfectant to wipe down the nozzle/valves before and after use.
  • The garden hose/valves will be disinfected twice per day.
  • Wear gloves when using the watering system.
  • Consider reducing your use of the hoses – let the rain and watering system do the work for you.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS FROM HALTON PUBLIC HEALTH

  • Tracking of each gardener’s time in the community garden is required on a daily basis to assist Halton Public Health in follow-up with gardeners or other necessary measures that may be required. For each visit, the gardener must take note of their garden entry and exit times and report these times in the Log Book (red binder).
  • People are encouraged to wear face masks as they can reduce (not eliminate) the spread of droplets from people who are infected but aren’t showing symptoms. Masks don’t replace proper physical distancing.

ENFORCEMENT
Due to the severity of these circumstances, if garden members do not understand the guidelines, they must leave immediately for the day, with a reminder of the protocols.

  • If a gardener continues to disregard the guidelines, that gardener will be banned from the garden, and their plots will be reallocated.
  • Garden members may also be fined by bylaw enforcement officers for infractions of emergency measures (such as not maintaining physical distancing).
  • All garden members who will be active must sign an annual agreement to abide by COVID-19 measures and acknowledge they will be asked to leave and/or lose their plots if they do not.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, WAIVER & RELEASE
By Checking the box: “I Pledge that I have completed the COVID 19 self assessment and I am in good health agree to follow the guidelines listed in the COVID-19 in the Community Garden Sign In Form (https://www.joshuacreekarts.com/community-gardens/)”  I agree to follow the guidelines listed in the COVID-19 Community Garden Regulations, in addition to the Garden Rules and Regulations, and I accept the following responsibilities:

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre Community Gardens are not responsible for personal injury or property damage incurred by any plot renter, or for theft, loss, or destruction of any property owned by any plot renter. I assume full responsibility for my conduct and agree not to engage in unacceptable conduct and will follow the above COVID-19 Community Garden Regulations. I have read this foregoing contract, waiver and release of liability and voluntarily executed this with full knowledge of its content and intending to be legally bound.

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