Friday, March 6, 2020

Statement on Coronavirus

You will be aware via the media that the number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) across the world, and more locally within the United Kingdom, is growing.

At this moment in time we have received no recommendation for postponing or canceling any upcoming Championships; however, we are monitoring the situation and will follow advice and guidance from all relevant government agencies, including Health Protection Scotland.

The health and wellbeing of our members is of paramount importance and we will act accordingly to minimise any risks posed by COVID-19. Key to efforts to contain COVID-19 is good hygiene practice and we urge everyone to follow the guidance from NHS Scotland:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze
  • Bin the tissue
  • To kill germs, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel

Further health advice, including what you should do in the event of developing symptoms and self-isolation, is available on the NHS Inform Scotland website.

As always, should a Club member feel unwell, they should not take part in any aquatics activity and should seek appropriate medical advice where necessary.

If you have medical concerns relating to COVID-19, please contact – by telephone – your local doctors’ practice or NHS24 on 111. Do not attend in person, if you feel you may have symptoms.

Travel guidance relating to specific countries and regions around the world which have been impacted by COVID-19 is also available on the NHS Inform Scotland website This includes health advice for those returning from those areas. Please also make use of the UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for wider travel advice specific to each country.

Please continue to make use of the following online resources for up to date information about Coronavirus:

NHS Inform Scotland website

UK Government Coronavirus guidance website

UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice website - specific to China

UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office website – for all countries

The NHS24 Twitter and  Facebook accounts for public health information in Scotland