You’re in safe hands
Over recent months we have established a Covid Response Team, including hygiene and safety experts, who have been working continually on a comprehensive re-opening strategy for NTC. This plan builds upon our existing high standards of health, safety, and cleanliness – and ensures compliance with best practice in relation to COVID-19.
NTC Covid Response Update
National Training Centre (NTC) have established an NTC COVID-19 Response Team who have put the necessary internal procedures and practices in place to ensure the health, safety and well-being or our team, students and visitors.
The policies and procedures implemented have been developed in response to government guidance, within the Republic of Ireland, and return to work safely protocols.
The NTC COVID-19 Response Plan incorporates current government advice concerning measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the community issued by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET). As the advice issued by NPHET continues to evolve, the measures and controls implemented by NTC may also be subject to change.
NTC will keep up to date with the latest measures introduced by the Irish Government and update our advice and protocols as necessary.
NTC COVID-19 induction training has been undertaken by all of our team so that the infection prevention and control measures that have been put in place, taking into account public health advice around preventing the spread of COVID-19, is adhered to within our organisation.
We have outlined below the measures NTC have implemented to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19.
Cleaning and Hygiene
Management at NTC have always implemented a strict cleaning and hygiene policy and we are now putting additional measures in place as part of our Covid-19 Response Plan. These have been developed following consultation with various hygiene experts and guidance from health safety organisations.
In addition to existing continuous cleaning protocols we will conduct a rigorous, deep-cleaning, disinfecting and sanitising process prior to re-opening and as often as is required into the future.
Several additional hand washing facilities have been installed in the premises to facilitate ease of regular hand washing.
NTC will be implementing the use of Zoono® Room Sanitiser, Anti-Microbial Room Mist. These germ misters deliver an antimicrobial mist within rooms that kills 99.99% of germs and stays active on surfaces for up to 30 days.
High touch areas including light switches, telephones, office equipment, taps, door handles, table tops will be regularly cleaned using STORM MotorScrubber Backpack Technology to quickly disinfect all common touch points, reducing the risk of cross infection.
There will be health and hygiene reminders throughout the NTC to remind everyone of the importance of adhering to the health safety protocols and to practice physical distancing when not in practical classes.
Natural ventilation and air conditioning units are located in all classrooms and office areas and are used to circulate fresh air around the building minimising the spread of any virus.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the NTC and local community, all NTC, employees, contract for service providers and students are required to complete and sign a COVID-19 Health Declaration Form before returning to the NTC or engaging on a programme of study.
Data collected is stored securely in line with NTC data policy and in accordance to GDPR requirements. Personal Data shall be processed and stored for as long as required and may have to be submitted for the purpose of contact tracing in the unlikely event that it should be required.
Tutors and students are required to wear an appropriate face covering and/or face shield in class. Face coverings / shields must be worn when physical distancing is not possible in the classroom.
Guidance on the safe use of face coverings can be found here.
The wearing of gloves is not advised. Hands should be washed frequently and especially before and after massage/neuromuscular therapy sessions and exercising in the studio or gym. Hands should be sanitised on arrival using the Zoono® once a day protective hand sanitiser.
A Zoono® microbe shield hand sanitation station will be located at the main entrance point. One application provides 24 hour protection and kills 99.99% of germs. Zoono® has been extensively tested in independent labs around the world and has been proven to stay active for up to 24 hours. It is dermatologically approved and suitable for delicate or sensitive skin. This product provides high protection even with regular hand washing and it is only necessary to use it once per day.
All individuals should check their temperature before leaving home/work to go to NTC. Self care and self responsibility is essential to protect yourself and others and we urge everyone to adhere to this protocol. Individuals must not arrive to the NTC or enter a classroom if they are aware that their temperature exceeds 38°C.
There is a Government Advisory in operation against all non-essential international travel. Travel restrictions are in place to protect public health and to mitigate the risk of new variants of COVID-19 entering the country. Details of these measures are available on the travel section of the gov.ie website.
With effect from 4 February 2021, a legal requirement to home quarantine was introduced for all passengers arriving in Ireland. This 14-day quarantine must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form. This also applies to passengers travelling from another country to Ireland, who arrive via Northern Ireland. Only very limited categories of passengers can be exempt from this legal requirement. Further details on mandatory quarantine are available at gov.ie. Additional requirements were agreed in respect of Category 2 countries.
The Department of Health has designated a list of ‘Category 2’ countries Any passenger who has been in any of these Category 2 countries in the previous 14 days, even if only transiting through one of these countries and even if remaining airside, is legally required to quarantine at a designated facility (mandatory hotel quarantine). This applies even if the passenger receives a negative RT-PCR test result after arriving in the State.
For passengers arriving in Ireland from other (non-designated) countries, the quarantine period can finish earlier, if the passenger obtains a negative/’not detected’ result of a RT-PCR test taken no less than 5 days after arrival in the State.
Information about what to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
All passengers arriving into Ireland are required to complete a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form. All passengers are also required to have a negative / ‘not detected’ result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test (only this kind of test is acceptable) taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ireland. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry, and to produce this evidence to Immigration Officers on arrival at points of entry to the State. For further details on inward travel to Ireland, including COVID-19-related requirements and the limited exemptions in place, please see gov.ie and the HSE website.
Additional information on Mandatory Hotel Quarantine, including in relation to costs, is available at: www.gov.ie/quarantine .
- Showers and changing facilities are not operational until further notice and a maximum of two individuals are permitted in the toilets at any time
- Use of facilities for study purposes is temporarily unavailable outside of class hours during this period
- Numbers on future courses will be restricted and classes will operate on a reduced capacity
- Students should not arrive for class any more than 10 minutes in advance of their start time
- Personal transportation of any kind including but not limited to bicycles, scooters etc. cannot be brought onto the premises in any circumstances
- Students are required to bring their own exercise mat (rolled up) for group fitness and Pilates classes
- Students on Holistic Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy courses must bring their own towels to class for draping purposes
More detailed information will be provided to students regarding further control measures prior to attending the NTC or a course in another location.
If you feel unwell
If you are experiencing these symptoms and are concerned you have been in contact with a person infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19), self-isolate and contact your GP (family doctor) by phone. Do not go to your GP surgery in person. Your GP will assess you and decide if a test for Coronavirus (COVID-19) is necessary. You can also call HSELive on 1850 24 1850 for further guidance.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND NTC OR ANY OF OUR REGIONAL TRAINING CENTRES IF YOU FEEL UNWELL OR HAVE ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS.
NTC – You’re in safe hands!