COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
Recommended Guidelines for the Homestay Network
These are recommended guidelines that you should follow to keep everyone safe whilst sharing your home. You should chat with your guest / host before the event to agree on any rules that you might want to put in place.
Distancing: keep to a 1m distancing rule inside where possible. If you need to put in a one way system in place in smaller areas consider doing so.
Masks: Please consider keeping masks on when you are in the same room as your guest / host. Using FFP2-grade masks can help to prevent the spread of COVID through aerosolized particles.
Handwashing: Guests and Hosts should wash and/or disinfect their hands regularly and thoroughly according to the recommended procedure. Consider putting hand sanitizer in communal areas.
Cleaning: Clean all communal areas regularly with antibacterial spray. Guests should clean their own areas.
Ventilation: Keep communal areas well ventilated when you are sharing the space
COP26 Activities: You must follow the Coalition guidelines for COVID-19 prevention at all of our activities at COP26, this will also help to keep guests and hosts safe throughout the two weeks.
Testing: Get tested as regularly as possible. Official delegates will need to show a negative test result everyday in order to access UN areas. The Coalition will be enforcing the same rules at Coalition-organised events (see more below). We encourage others to follow these same rules. You can find out more info about test access from the Scottish Government, and from the local NHS.
Guest - Host Communication
We strongly encourage you to read our recommended guidelines and discuss them with your guest / host match before COP26. Users of the COP26 Homestay Network are responsible for their own safety during COP26, and we encourage guests and hosts to talk together before the event about different COVID-19 safety measures that you might want to put in place as a guest or host.
Please be respectful to the needs and opinions of others. If there is disagreement on COVID-19 safety measures, you should endeavour to resolve it in a kind and patient manner before travelling to COP26. If the issue cannot be resolved you should consider looking for another guest / host on the network.
Procedures and systems for support if members of the COP26 Homestay Network develop symptoms of COVID-19, test positive on their daily Lateral Flow test, or are contacted by NHS contact tracing during COP26.
You should follow Scottish Government guidelines on testing and isolation: NHS Inform
If you are hosting or staying with someone in the Homestay Network, all members of the household must isolate following Scottish Government guidelines.
For isolation support contact the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000.
We have set up an emergency fund to provide support to guests and hosts that are impacted by COVID-19 at COP26, and are unable to access support through the National Assistance Helpline.
Requests for support should be sent to email@example.com and could cover:
- Financial support for Guests and/or Hosts who need to isolate in the homestay network
- Delivery of essentials, food and medicine for households in isolation
- Community support for people isolating
COVID-19 Policy for Coalition Activities at COP26
Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and the COP26 Coalition have implemented a joint COVID-19 Policy for our activities over COP26: including the People’s Summit, Global Day of Action and Civil Society Hub events. Read the full policy here.
Public health and safety during the ongoing pandemic is the primary concern of the COP26 Coalition and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. We have planned all activities over COP26 to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. We are fighting for climate justice at COP against the backdrop of global vaccine inequality and a need to keep the most vulnerable in our communities - both in Glasgow and abroad - safe. Please follow these procedures at all of our events over COP26. If you are unsure about anything you can ask our volunteers on the ground.
Daily Home Testing: all attendees will be required to do their own Lateral Flow Test at home each day before attending any event. For indoor events you must register your test online on the NHS website and present confirmation at one of our LFT Registration Sites to receive a wristband for that day. This wristband will enable access to any of our indoor events at the People's Summit and the Civil Society Hubs.
For outdoor events - such as the Global Day of Action, you should do your test at home, but you do not need to register the result with us to attend.
Test and Protect: we will be asking everyone who attends an indoor event to provide contact details on entry (using the Check in Scotland app or manually). We also ask that everyone coming to COP26 uses the Test and Protect contact tracing app at all times.
Masks: Unless you are exempt, face masks are mandatory at all activities - inside and outside. If you don’t wear a mask we might ask you why: we know this is an imposition, but we do want to limit risks as much as possible. We strongly recommend the use of FFP2-grade masks to protect yourself and others around you.
Physical distancing: A minimum distance of 1 meters between people applies inside and outside, except within households.
Hand cleaning and disinfection: We should wash and/or disinfect our hands regularly and thoroughly according to the recommended procedure. Please bring hand sanitiser for your own use!