The UK government’s understanding of the risks presented by the COVID-19 virus is changing on a daily basis at the present time based on expert advice and modelling of the global epidemic. We are keen to minimise risk to all of our groups, their members and the wider public, and have therefore decided to propose that the ARGs take the following steps.
As groups of people pose the greatest threat to spreading infection, until government advice changes, all group activities need to be cancelled where close physical presence of two or more people would be anticipated. Some group activities, such as committee meetings may be able to be conducted using voice or video conferencing facilities which pose no risk to spreading infection.
We are now into the 'lock-down phase' of epidemic containment, where people have been told to stay at home and only essential travel should be undertaken (food shopping and commute to work for key workers). However, we are also advised that individuals can take one form of exercise each day such as a run, walk, or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with. As long as you are not yourself (or any other person from your household) showing symptoms of the disease which are reported to be 'flu-like symptoms' - defined as a fever of above 37.8C or a persistent cough, in which case you need to be in self quarantine for 14 days, then at this time you are still able to go out once each day for exercise purposes. But please avoid public transport, or car sharing, do not go to crowded places such as parks, beaches or beauty spots, and maintain a 2 m distance from others.
Please do not take any risks.
27 March 2020
This advice will be updated as more information becomes available.