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National Lockdown Guidance - Updated 15/02/21

On 4th January the Prime Minister announced that that the whole country would be moving to a third national lockdown, including the closure of schools and all non-essential businesses. The work that we do at Base 51 is essential, but we have had to make changes in order to remain open.

Base 51 is a COVID-Secure Environment

We have taken all necessary measures, in line with government rules and guidance from the National Youth Agency (NYA) to ensure that Base 51 is a safe place to work and safe for young people to attend. 


  • We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who visit and work here

  • We have enhanced cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in place

  • We are staying up to date with, and following guidance by the NYA in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive

  • We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain current social distancing requirements

  • Where people cannot socially distance, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk such as providing masks, visors and hand sanitizer 

Youth groups of up to 15 people are permitted under the latest guidance and we follow track and trace procedures as well as advising anyone with symptoms not to come to the building. 

Counselling and other therapy will take place in both face-to-face and online sessions, depending on the needs of the service user.

Some group work will take place within the building and social distancing will be maintained, other group sessions are now taking place online. For details on this, go to our booking page.

Our Reception is currently closed, meaning that there will not be a receptionist present to greet arrivals. The only people permitted to enter our building currently are staff, and those young people that have booked on to specific sessions. Parents and carers waiting for their child are also not permitted to wait in reception and must leave our premises until the end of their child's session.

Should you have any questions about how we are complying with COVID-19 guidelines, email us at

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