We have today received the following message from Motorsport UK which we are circulating for your information...
You will have seen from the latest news that the situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) remains both fluid and serious.
The World Health Organisation and the UK Department for Health have been issuing frequent updates and the advice remains that the situation is a public health emergency of international concern. Motorsport UK is following the advice from the government and taking a proportionate response.
All seminars and training events will go ahead based on business as usual, however, we would respectfully ask that if any delegates have recently travelled to any of the affected areas (or has had known close contact with someone who has recently visited these regions) that you DO NOT ATTEND the seminar or training event you have registered to attend. The list of affected areas can be found on the GOV.UK website here.
Should you not wish to attend the seminar/training event you are due to attend, please kindly let us know and we will advise on how the training material and information can be provided to you.
The government website also provides the latest information and the current emphasis is on the importance of good hand hygiene, specifically on regularly washing hands for at least 20 seconds.
The advice from the government for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines:
- If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111.
- Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
- To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
At the current time, and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.
If anyone has any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The next two training events are on 21 March in Dunblane and 4 April in Duns - we are monitoring the government advice closely and will update you accordingly if things change.
In addition, we would draw your attention to the following: