Plotholders should remember that although the allotment is a relatively wide open empty space it is still not risk free. The virus can live for 24 hours on cardboard (fertiliser boxes?) and 2 to 3 days on steel or plastic (allotment gates? communal taps? communal tools?).
Exercise the save social distance recommendations and stay way from each other. If you need to visualise what is a safe distance, imagine an elderly or at risk dead relative laying on the floor between you and the next person, yes it a very graphic image to think about but it makes you think that it's necessary.
Take wipes with you to the plot and, for example, consider cleaning tools and/or your hands after opening or closing gates or shed doors that might have been used by others, not easy as the water is not turned on until after the last frost date on many allotments, plus you will be using the communal taps.
The virus can also live for several hours on clothing so think about washing your gardening clothing rather than using an overall multiple times. I know I have a set of allotment working trousers that get folded and used a fair few times.
Personally as my wife is such a high risk due to her Lupus, and although it is my happy place and where I go for my mental well being as I'm already confined to the house as a carer I'm going to isolate myself from the outside world as much as possible to minimise the risk to her, so for the moment and for as long as my mental well being will allow, I'm staying in doors or in the garden.
#Istayhomefor Jennifer Wooldridge
UPDATE Statement for the National Allotment Society