Dear sailors and visitors to Queen Mary,
Like you we are concerned about the impact of the Coronavirus and to protect, as far as possible, the health of our Members, visiting sailing participants and staff. The Government has published an action plan to contain and delay the possible spread of the virus, with advice for community sports clubs. So that we can all continue to enjoy our sport as much as possible during this outbreak, we would ask you all to please follow this advice.
- That there’s presently no rationale to close or cancel sporting events, but this may change as the situation evolves.
- Anyone with flu-like symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering.
- For those hosting sporting events, whatever their size, attendees and participants should stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus.
- As the situation progresses, we might advise the frail, elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions to stay away from gatherings as part of general advice aimed at minimising unnecessary contact with others.
- For those travelling to sporting events overseas, the Foreign Office’s travel advice should be followed and travellers should note that apart from the countries and territories named in that advice, the government isn’t presently advising against travel to anywhere else.
- For those who offer community and leisure services, such as running a local football team or running a gym, hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use. The government is planning to publish specific advice on this shortly.
- There’s presently no reason people should stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would.
As you are aware guidance may change in response to events, so please keep a close eye on Gov.uk.
Tony Bishop – Club Secretary