March 2020

HDYT Coronavirus Update

The Trustees met tonight following the latest advice from Government and health officials.

Whilst the advice does not go so far as to ban public performances we feel it would be irresponsible to hold The Shield this coming Monday the 23rd. Going ahead with this performance constitutes a large social gathering and would put the audience in the way of unnecessary risk. It is with a heavy heart for the first time in 38 years we have taken the decision to postpone the event until Monday 20th July, hopefully Corona will then be behind us.

We will continue to hold the Monday and Thursday sessions, but will revise this as more information is released, should the schools close we would also temporarily close the group in line with government thinking.

During the current COVID-19 problems parents, volunteers and cast members have a vital role to play by taking sensible action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 such as ensuring that anyone with symptoms (Fever, Tiredness, Dry Cough, Breathing Difficulties) self isolates for a period of 5 days. If the symptoms persist at the end of the 5 days they should seek medical help via NHS 111 or its online service. That they DO NOT attend a session, and that they notify the session leader Mary in case of contact with other members of the group.

HDYT will ensure all volunteers, parents and cast members have access to appropriate hygiene facilities such as hot water, soap and bins to get rid of used tissues, whilst in our care.

As good practice the public are advised to maintain good hygiene standards by following the latest advice from the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) website which includes the following basic protective measures:

  • Wash your hands frequently with alcohol-based hand wash or wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Maintain social distancing- maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet distance) between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose
  • Practice respiratory hygiene – Using the nearest waste receptacle to dispose of the tissue after use
  • Stay informed and follow the advice given by health care providers

In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) has advised that most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places, and that self-isolation is only to be undertaken if the individual is advised to do so by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional. Read the full NHS advice here.

HDYT Trustees 16th March 2020