The Catenians

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Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Publish Date: Fri 13th Mar 2020

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The outbreak of coronavirus is, quite understandably, causing concern to Brothers and their families.

Whilst the Association is not qualified to advise on best practice I wish to draw your attention to the helpful documents issued by State and Church authorities.

Statutory/Church bodies have issued guidelines regarding best practise in order to protect ourselves as much as possible and here are links to them: 

NHS UK –

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

UK Government –

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales –

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/

Please remember to check that you are considering the latest version of the official advice.

If you live outside the UK please refer to the advice given by your own statutory bodies.

Annual Conference

Planning for our Annual Conference in Aberdeen 15-17 May 2020 continues. We continue to monitor the changing situation  and remain conscious that cancelling the Conference without statutory instruction to do so would make it almost impossible for those who have booked to secure refunds for their travel and hotel arrangements.

Should the official requirements change then we will act accordingly

Meetings and Social Events

It is up to every member to recognise the need for fraternal care for each other and our guests, and so every effort should be made to observe the guidelines we receive from the Government and the NHS and to keep ourselves up to date with the latest official guidelines.

The Manual allows every Circle the right to adopt whatever safeguards that it deems necessary, particularly in the way we greet each other, and it is also the individual right of each member or visitor to decide what is considered appropriate for him or herself.

If Circles do choose to cancel meetings then do please remember to keep in touch with Brothers – particularly those who may experience loneliness and concern.

Perhaps an additional prayer for those who do become ill could be added to prayers, should Circles so decide.

 

Bernard Noakes

Association Secretary

12 March 2020