This is our position as it currently stands. It is under constant review and may well change.
As a responsible membership based organisation we take the safety and welfare of our members very seriously. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus. We are mindful that much of our focus is reliant on face to face contact but we are keen to ensure our approach to events and activities is consistent with the expert advice being followed and issued from the Government.
At this time it is not our intention to cancel events, meetings or surgeries that are already scheduled.
For all the latest information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Current Government advice is that individuals should follow good hygiene practices including:
- carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, and binning the tissue;
- washing hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds) or using sanitiser gel to kill germs.
Advice from Public Health England
Public Health England recommends that you should take usual infection prevention precautions including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. This is particularly important after taking public transport.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- If you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. Download a poster from NHS England with guidance here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/south/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2017/09/catch-bin-kill.pdf
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment.