COVID-19 Statement

Friday 13th March 2020

COVID-19

Yesterday we were informed that government health advisers are working on the assumption that Britain will not see infection rates peak for up to three months.

As the epidemic reaches its peak, it is likely elderly people and those with health conditions will be told to cut social contact and stay at home. Until this happens we will be planning all events as usual, unless outside providers decide otherwise. We have made this decision to ensure any changes to our provision is timed correctly. We understand the value our activities give to people, especially those living alone.

We have increased availability of hand gels in the coffee shop and in sessions for you to use. We ask you to act responsibility to protect yourself and others.

If you display any of the symptoms of COVID-19 listed as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or have been to any of the countries highlighted by the latest public health advice, please do not visit us.

People with symptoms are no longer required to call NHS 111, as the system is under strain, but are instead urged to look for information on the NHS website and 111 online.

At this point the coffee shop will be open as normal.

These decisions could change at anytime as we continue to monitor the latest public health advice given by the NHS and we will share this with you as soon as we know more.

Finally, we are anticipating that any stricter measures to isolate will has big practical implications to our community and may lead to loneliness and other issues which are clearly very undesirable. We are in the process of drawing up a community plan where we will be asking for volunteers in the forthcoming days. We will share further information about this at the beginning of the next week.

Many thanks & take care.