Today, the UK government advice regarding Covid-19 has been updated. It now states:
Accordingly, we will be closing the Makerspace as soon as possible. Please note the key details of the closure process:
Whilst the physical space will be closed, our community continues on
Discourse – so please do join the discussions. Hopefully many of you
will be able to continue making at home during this period – you might
find an idea for a new make on Discourse or be able to share your own
tips and suggestions!
Once we know how long the space needs to remain closed, we will
discuss the issue of membership subs with all members. For now, subs
will continue to be taken by Direct Debit – the space may be closed, but
most of our major costs (such as rent and business rates) still need to
be paid. As ever, if you are in financial hardship please contact the
Directors and we can discuss an alternative arrangement.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the Directors.
At this difficult time, please take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
London Makerspace Directors have been in close contact over the last few days
to try and formulate plans for our response to potential Covid 19 derived
Covid 19 is a
new type of virus so is unpredictable, we are taking advice both from NHS
England and World Health Organisation (WHO). We are also receiving advice from
the City of London response committees.
at this time, for an organisation like ours, the advice is unclear and changing
hour by hour.
we have a duty to look at any given situation and to do what we believe at the
time is best for the membership.
time, our response is as follows :-
This is Your
community, please work with us to keep it safe by following the enclosed
Thanks for your continued support and please work with us to keep SLMS safe by
following the above.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) to the public from low to moderate.
It matters to us that South London Makerspace is a safe space for everyone involved.
This note provides advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and what steps you could take to help keep everyone safe.
For the latest information on coronavirus and how it affects you and
your space or event, please check the website of your local public
For London, https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 1
These organisations regularly update their websites and are your most
up-to-date source of information. We strongly encourage you to defer to
the advice on these websites.
If you are unsure about anything, please consult the Directors (@directors on discourse or firstname.lastname@example.org on email) and we will try to assist
The main risk to people with the virus is from public gatherings and
people in close proximity. Due to the nature of the building and the
ventilation etc, the space remains a low risk if we observe some basic
While in the space, please observe good basic hygiene, wash your
hands regularly, don’t share dust masks, take care while preparing food
and store it in sealed containers, wash up your plate/cutlery/mug/pan
etc AS SOON AS YOU’VE USED THEM with hot water and washing liquid and
keep the place clean and tidy.
For planned sessions (Like the Thursday Electronics Club or Music Night), use common sense.
If, having checked your local public health advice and/or consulted
the Techs/Directors, you feel that it is right to cancel a session or
other event, you should do so. (you do not need to contact the Directors
before making that decision, Tech or organisers can and should do this
themselves if they feel the need)
If you decide to go ahead with your session or event, then you should consider taking the following actions:
The World Health Organisation’s website
is a good starting point for finding information and advice about this.
We strongly advise you not to try to provide public health advice
If a person feels unwell while in the space, please ask if they
require medical help from 111 or (999 if you are worried about their
condition), isolate them in one area and inform other members in the
We request that you don’t come to the space if you are in any way
unwell, if you’ve recently travelled to the UK from somewhere with a
higher risk of coronavirus or have been in contact with someone who has.
These places are (as of 5th March 2020):
Please contact us if you have any questions, and remember to
regularly check your local public health organisation’s website for
South London Makerspace,
Arch 1129, 41 Norwood Road, London, SE24 9AJ