The Society is monitoring the news regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following the guidance set out by the government. https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Currently the UK is in the Contain Stage as outlined here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan/coronavirus-action-plan-a-guide-to-what-you-can-expect-across-the-uk
In line with government advice we presently have no plans to cancel any events, but we will be keeping this under review and will follow government advice if/when it is updated.
We have introduced the following measures.
- signage in the public areas with guidance for visitors
- placement of hand sanitiser in the entrance porch
- periodic swabbing of key areas including door handles, taps and worktops
We encourage visitors to follow the guidelines set out by the government and if you feel unwell to avoid visiting the Society. Details below from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19
”Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
- put used tissues in the bin straight away
- wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See hand washing guidance
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.
Further information is available on the PHE blog and NHS.UK.”
We will review our policies and activities as things progress and will at all times follow government guidelines.