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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Mothers’ Union

The love and prayers of Worldwide President, Sheran Harper, Worldwide Board Members and staff go out to all who are combatting, or preparing to combat, the COVID-19 virus across the globe.

 

18 Mar 2020
 
 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Mothers' Union


Mothers’ Union takes the safety and wellbeing of our members, volunteers and staff extremely seriously, and all are encouraged to follow the guidance of their government and local Church in deciding how to respond. The WHO is also a valuable source of information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

Information for Mothers’ Union in Britain and Ireland


We continue to monitor the situation around COVID-19 closely and are following Government advice (UK).

Guidance in the Republic of Ireland is available at: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus
 

Government Advice in the UK as at 02/11/2020

 
The government has a plan to control the virus and protect the public.
 

It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:

  • HANDS – Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
  • FACE – Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • SPACE – Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place.

 

The government has announced new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down. These measures apply to England – but there may be different rules if you live in an area under local lockdown and you should check those rules here. If you are in WalesScotland and Northern Ireland, different rules may apply.

From Thursday 5th November:

1. Stay at home

This means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:

  • for childcare or education, where this is not provided online
  • for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
  • to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place - with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).
  • for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm - such as domestic abuse
  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible
  • to visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer

This list is not exhaustive and there are other limited circumstances where you may be permitted to leave or be outside of your home. These will be set out in law and further detailed guidance will be provided.

2. Staying safe outside the home (Social Distancing)

You should minimise time spent outside your home and when around other people ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble.

Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space’:

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

3. Meeting with family and friends

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household - meaning the people you live with - or support bubble.

support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit outdoor public places together.

You can exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with, your support bubble, or 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).

Outdoor public places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside,
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
  • playgrounds

You cannot meet in a private garden.

4. Businesses and venues

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

  • all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks,
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens;
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.

Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

 

 

The government has also published simplified COVID-19 Secure guidance.

 

 

Mothers’ Union Meetings

 
 

Following the above it is not possible for in-person Mothers' Union meetings to take place at present. We can however, continue to meet virtually, through zoom or over social media - we are very active on our Facebook page.

As a responsible organisation, we will continue to follow the Government's advice.