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**Coronovirus Noticeboard**

Last Updated - 13:30 Tuesday 24th March

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We are updating meeting locations and status as we are informed of changes - please email your meeting status to groupinformation@gsogb.org.ukAll changes will be added to the meetings 'details' tab/ link of each meeting on the Meeting Finder!

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Cancellation of Conventions


Sadly the Scottish National Convention that was due to take place in Stirling from 8th to 10th May has also been cancelled.

It is with great regret that we, The Welsh National Convention Committee, have to announce that this years Convention will be cancelled.We, like everyone else, have to follow Government guidelines on gatherings.

Next years Convention will take place on 4th - 6th June 2021.

We can inform you that anyone who has paid a deposit for their room, or indeed paid in full, then those bookings will be carried over to next year. If, however, you require a refund then you will have to contact the hotel directly. (there is normally a small increase in cost each year so there may be a bit extra to pay for those that decide to carry their bookings over to next year.

If you have booked hotels elsewhere in Llandrindod Wells then you have to liaise with them directly.

Like I said, this is a regrettable decision but one that had to be made. Please stay safe and utilise the online meetings available as meetings are suspended around the UK.

Northern NC (Blackpool):
It is with great regret that the Northern National Convention Committee (NNCC) has to announce that the Northern National Convention (NNC) due to be held in Blackpool from the 20th - 22nd March 2020 is now cancelled due to the impact of the Coronavirus. Further information can be found HERE

Coronavirus Update - Extract from GOV.uk

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

  • Those who are pregnant 
  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as (asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
    • Chronic Kidney Disease
    • chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
    • chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neurone Disease Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
    • Diabetes
    • problems with your spleen ?? for example, Sickle Cell Disease or if you have had your spleen removed
    • a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as Steroid Tablets or Chemotherapy
    • being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are to:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this.
  4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces where people gather together.
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is practicable.

Handwashing and Respiratory Hygiene

There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • washing your hands more often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser when you get home or into work, when you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin and wash your hands
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home

Looking after your Mental Wellbeing

Social isolation, reduction in physical activity, unpredictability and changes in routine can all contribute to increasing stress. Many people including those without existing mental health needs may feel anxious about this impact.

Understandably, you may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating. You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people.

At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time such as:

  • look for ideas of exercises you can do at home on the NHS website
  • spend time doing things you enjoy ?? this might include reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV programmes
  • try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
  • keep your windows open to let in fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or get outside into the garden

You can also go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than 2 metres from others.

Constantly watching the news can make you feel more worried. If you think it is affecting you, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to media coverage of the outbreak. It may help to only check the news at set times or limit this to a couple of times a day.

Try to focus on the things you can control, such as your behaviour, who you speak to and who you get information from.