Dorset Youth Marching Band intends to provide and maintain, so far as reasonably practical, a safe and healthy environment and to enlist the support of the Executive Committee, Senior Leaders, Junior Leaders and Band Members to achieve this. Health and safety, regular risk assessments and “good practice” will be monitored on a regular basis and reviewed in order to achieve the best possible safe and healthy environment.

Dorset Youth Marching Band and its health and safety representatives will instruct, give advice, guide and communicate health and safety concerns and whenever required, stop any activity they feel is a danger or unacceptable risk to band members.

With many young children involved in the band, we have a duty of care and special attention. Provisions are made for these children and vulnerable adults, we have to be their eyes and ears in respect of their health and safety, risks and dangers, which are often not perceived as risks or dangers by the children or vulnerable adults themselves.

Dorset Youth Marching Band has a Children and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy, Health and Safety Policy and Equality Policy in place and these are available to view at any time.


In addition to our standard health and safety policy above, Dorset Youth Marching Band are committed to ensure any additional measures that are reasonably practical are put in place for COVID19, to keep all members of the band safe and well. Dorset Youth Marching Band will follow Government Guidelines and in addition, any other guidelines provided for youth organisations and in particular organisations involved in musical activities, such as marching bands. All band members, leaders, parents and carers will be informed of any guidelines and procedures. As the government guidelines and advice from other bodies are constantly changing and being updated.

> It is the responsibility of the parent or carer if they and their children are sharing lifts.

> It is the responsibility of the parent or carer to notify Simon Wheeler or responsible people listed below if there child has COVID 19 symptoms and must NOT be allowed to attend an event or practise.

> We encourage parents to help us and explain and guide their children with regards to the procedures and good practice detailed in this document to keep yours and other children and other band members as safe as possible.

> Parents can drop off Children, however if any parent enters the premises they WILL have to follow the COVID 19 measures we have in place


When at band you must:

> Use hand sanitser, which will be provided by the band

> Wear and be responsible for your own face-mask, if you are exempt from wearing one or struggle to obtain one please contact Simon.

> Not share your instruments or uniform

> Not share personal belongings, especially face masks

> Take all instruments home with you and be responsible for cleaning them.

> Comply with current social distancing guidelines

> Follow any guidance given by leaders


Simon Wheeler – Bandmaster, Male Leader, Health and Safety, Child Protection, 1st Aid Qualified

Abi Wheeler – Assistant Bandmaster, Female Leader, 1st Aid Qualified

Doug Fry – Assistant Bandmaster, Male Leader, 1st Aid Qualified

Geoff Stobbs – Male Leader, Health and Safety, Child Protection, 1st Aid Qualified

Rachel Fry – Female Leader, Health and Safety, 1st Aid Qualified

Nick Wheeler – Male Leader

Craig Stanley – Male Leader, 1st Aid Qualified, Quartermaster

Lewis Brown – Male Leader

Jack Wheeler – Junior Leader, Section Leader Drums, 1st Aid Qualified

Owen Waddicor – Male Leader, Section Leader Bells

Ben Tibbles – Male Leader, Quartermaster

John Cooper – Band Administrator

Wayne Legg – Bugle Instructor

General COVID Information

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

How does COVID-19 spread?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing.

Who is at risk of developing severe illness?

While we are still learning about how COVID-19 affects people, older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others. If you fall into this category and develop fever, cough and have difficulty breathing you should seek medical attention.

What if I display the symptoms of COVID-19?

• If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

• Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

• To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

• Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.

Coronavirus Myth Buster

Cold weather and hot weather kills the virus

There is no reason to believe that cold weather can kill the new coronavirus or other diseases. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, regardless of the external temperature or weather. The most effective way to protect yourself against the new coronavirus is by frequently cleaning your hands with alcohol- based hand rub or washing them with soap and water.

Only older adults and young people are at risk

COVID 19, like other coronaviruses, can infect people of any age. However, older adults or individuals with pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes or asthma, are more likely to become severely ill.

Children cannot catch COVID-19

All age groups can become infected. Most cases, so far, have been in adults, but children are not immune. In fact, preliminary evidence shows that children are just as likely to become infected, but their symptoms tend to be less severe.

COVID-19 is just like the flu

SARS-CoV-2 causes illness that does, indeed, have flu-like symptoms, such as aches, fever, and cough. Similarly, both COVID-19 and flu can be mild, severe, or, in some cases, fatal. Both can also lead to pneumonia. However, the overall profile of COVID-19 is more serious. Estimates vary, but its mortality rate seems to be between about 1% and 3%. Although scientists are working out the exact mortality rate, it is likely to be many times higher than that of seasonal flu.

Everyone with COVID-19 dies

This statement is untrue. As we have mentioned above, COVID-19 is only fatal for a small percentage of people. The World Health Organisation report that around 80% of people will experience a relatively mild form of the disease, which will not require specialist treatment in a hospital. Mild symptoms may include fever, cough, sore throat, tiredness, and shortness of breath.

Face masks don’t protect against coronavirus

Healthcare workers use professional face masks, which fit tightly around the face, to protect them against infection. However, disposable N95 face masks are unlikely to provide such protection.
As these masks do not fit neatly against the face, droplets can still enter the mouth and nose. Also, tiny viral particles can penetrate directly through the material. However, if someone has a respiratory illness, wearing a mask can help protect others from becoming infected.

It should be noted that N95 respirators are not recommended for use in UK healthcare settings. In the UK, FFP3 respirators should be worn for airborne precautions and must be compliant with BS EN149:200.1 For SARS-CoV, evidence suggests that use of both respirators and surgical face masks offer a similar level of protection, both associated with up to an 80% reduction in risk of infection.