Date Posted: Thursday 12th March 2020
As the UK moves from 'containment' into the 'delay phase' of the Coronavirus Action Plan we are seeing an increasing number of industry events being cancelled.
In the Government action plan it is stated under the 'delay phase':
4.45: Action that would be considered could include population distancing strategies (such as school closures, encouraging greater home working, reducing the number of large scale gatherings) to slow the spread of the disease throughout the population, whilst ensuring the country’s ability to continue to run as normally as possible. The UK governments' education departments' planning assumptions include the possibility of having to close educational settings in order to reduce the spread of infection.
4.46: We would consider such measures in order to protect vulnerable individuals with underlying illnesses and thus at greater more at risk of becoming seriously affected by the disease. The effectiveness of these actions will need to be balanced against their impact on society.
Regarding mass gatherings the NHS has said:
Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.
You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.
DIARY directory encourages event organisers to read the relevant information available and make an informed decision regarding the cancellation / postponement of events.
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