Today, we heard the Prime Minister in his first daily update on the Coronavirus, outlining a number of recommendations regarding how we should respond to it. The BBC’s summary is this:
- Everyone in the UK is now being advised to avoid “non-essential” contact with others and “unnecessary” travel
- People are also being asked to work from home “where they possibly can”, and avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues
- People are now being advised to stay at home for 14 days if they, or anyone in their household, has either a high temperature or a “new and continuous cough”
- People in at-risk groups will be asked within days to be “largely shielded from social contact” for 12 weeks
- The UK is to scale up coronavirus testing in the coming weeks
- From tomorrow, mass gatherings will no longer be provided with emergency workers
As you can see, this is a significant upgrade of the earlier advice (which still stands) regarding washing hands, not shaking hands etc.
As a National Governing Body, we have a duty of care to our membership, match officials and match organisers, to ensure that we do everything possible to reduce “non- essential contact”
With this in mind, the council have to make some very hard decisions,
- We will be asking clubs who are hosting UKPSA events, to postpone these events until later this year when the current situation is resolved. Levels 1 – 3
- All non-shooting events will also be postponed, this will include training, first aid, and all seminars.
- This will be an ongoing situation and will be reviewed by council on a regular basis.
We will update you periodically and will work hard to ensure that match organisers are able to move the date to later this year
It is hoped that you understand the need for this decision, it is not a decision that anyone on council has wanted to make.
Public relations Officer