The Government have now published an action plan and hand hygiene request. Details on how to access this are provided below, along with other useful links:
Government Coronavirus action plan
On Wednesday 4th March 2020 the Coronavirus action plan was launched. This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next. The action plan can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
Current advice remains in place: No educational establishment should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
Updated travel advice for travellers returning from Italy
On Monday the 9th of March, Public Health England updated their travel advice, recommending that anyone returning from Italy should self-isolate, even if you do not have any symptoms. If you do develop symptoms, call NHS 111.
The latest travel advice can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Further information on what you should do if you are asked to self-isolate can be found here: https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/20/what-is-self-isolation-and-why-is-it-important/
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, one should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
Due to the recent UK Government advice about avoiding all non-essential travel and contact with others, Oxfordshire Arts have taken the decision to cancel all current Pottery and Glass classes and workshops until further notice.
We hope that you will remain in contact with us “virtually” by phone, email, Instagram and Facebook. And we all look forward to the time when we can get back together again at Muster Point.
Alison Jones & Mark Turner
We hope that you have found some way to indulge your inner Potter during this Lock-Down phase. We have been planning the re-opening of the Oxfordshire Arts Studio here at Muster Point – with a difference! Social distancing guidelines and health and safety measures mean that the Studio will look very different. For a start we can only accommodate five students in the main room and each student will have their own workspace with screens for their protection. We have plans for two additional workspaces in two new “Pottery Pods” (think camping!). We are working hard to make all this happen, and hope to be able to hold our first, post Lock-Down, Pottery classes from the week beginning the 3rd of August 2020.
We will be in touch with all our potters by email or phone to give you exact dates for your diary, and to explain how we are reorganising the Studio to make your Pottery classes COVID-19 secure.