The Rotary Club of Crewkerne District have cancelled Bertie’s Big Band concert, scheduled to take place this month, due to the current Coronavirus situation. A spokesperson for the Club said: “The Rotary Club of Crewkerne District have taken the decision to cancel the event, in light of the risk of potential changes to government advice on public gatherings. We are looking to reschedule the concert later in the year.”
Following advice from Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty and chief scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK Government is preparing to move into the next stage of dealing with a potential epidemic of Covid-19, within the next 10 to 14 days. The fundraising concert, in aid of YDH Breast Cancer Unit Appeal and Henhayes Memory Group, was due to take place in Victoria Hall on March 28th. Major events, where masses of people gather, are expected to be curtailed or even possibly banned, when stage two of delay is implemented to slow down further spread of the Coronavirus.
Preventative measures against Covid-19 were taken at the beginning of March by the Catholic Church, with Father Dominic Findlay-Wilson, parish priest of Crewkerne, Chard and Ilminster announcing at Sunday mass in Crewkerne on March 1st, that the sharing of the Communal Cup, intinction – dipping of host into wine and handshaking during the sign of peace, had all been suspended following guidelines from Bishop Declan of Clifton Diocese. Ministers were also instructed to sanitise their hands before and after distributing the host at the Eucharist, which was to be given by hand only. Hand-sanitisers have also been installed at churches for the congregation to use.
Good hygiene is still being advocated as the best form of prevention against spreading the recent strain of the Coronavirus, Covid-19. Washing hands regularly, using an alcohol-based hand-sanitiser and carrying tissues to sneeze or cough into, disposing of them safely afterwards, are proving to be common sense measures that everyone can take. The Government has stressed that at this stage, it is dealing with a ‘potential epidemic.’ Radical new action against the spread of the virus is expected to take place within the coming days, which will include asking people to self-isolate for at least seven days, if they develop even mild symptoms of a respiratory tract infection such as a cough or fever.