Statement from the Steering Group regarding Covid-19

Issued on Friday March 13th2020

The Steering Group believes that we should communicate how the project should proceed during these difficult times as the world struggles to contain the Covid 19 virus.

The British Government has made a decision not to close schools at this present time and we see this as a marker to be followed by the Harvington Youth Project. We are, therefore, not closing the three groups on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at this present time.

We shall be monitoring the Government advice and spread of the virus on a daily basis and will communicate quickly if this current situation changes.

We are, however, re-iterating the health messages which are being consistently communicated in order to contain the spread of the virus. Staff involved in the project will be working with everyone in order to encourage compliance with the important precautions.

What precautions should you take? 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. As children and young people arrive, they will be requested to do this and before they eat their tuck.
  • Notes and coins are prime germ spreaders and we would suggest that after paying their subs or touch money for tuck, everyone washes their hands.  
  • Try to avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • Cover any cough or sneeze with a tissue and then put it straightaway into a closed bin – if you haven’t got a tissue handy then use the crook of your elbow, don’t use your hand.  Wash or sanitize your hands as soon as possible afterwards and try to avoid people who cough and sneeze by keeping your distance. 
  • Viruses can live on hard surfaces for up to eight hours. Regular cleaning of door handles and tables will be part of the group night regular activity. Wipes and hand gel will be available
  • If you have symptoms that could be caused by coronavirus such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath call 111 immediately.

The Steering Group does understand if individual parents or carers wish to withdraw their child from the groups at this time. We believe that the age group concerned are not considered to be in a vulnerable group category but it is clearly possible for children to pass on the virus to those with underlying health conditions or to the elderly people in our community. We should be sensitive to this.

As I write this, the numbers of positive testing for this virus has increased from yesterday so, it is likely that I shall be writing again to you soon in order to keep you up to date on the situation and how it will influence the running of our groups.

In the meantime, I thank you for you help and understanding at this time and wish you good health.

Peter Ashplant – Chairperson

On behalf of the Harvington Youth Project Steering Group

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