Coronavirus / Covid - 19
As the Coronavirus continues to escalate, we are issuing the following guidance above and
beyond that issued by Public Health England.
COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December
2019. The World Health Organisation (WHO) believes COVID-19 more severely affects older
people and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart
disease or diabetes).
Based on the WHO’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international
concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the UK from low to moderate.
On 10 th February, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock,
announced strengthened legal powers to protect public health, and on the 2 nd March
outlined the UK’s national response to the virus.
Whilst it is down to each individual as to what precautions to take, we strongly suggest you
follow this advice:
1 - If you or a family member are showing signs of illness, please do not attend an MHE
event and follow the guidance below.
2 - Wash hands thoroughly before and after the events with hand sanitiser or for 20
seconds with hot water. With the very nature of the venues we investigate many do not
have a hot water facility so we would advise guests to bring their own hand sanitiser with
3 - Although we all love to have a hug or handshake whilst this virus is prevalent we have
been advised that we should all refrain from these gestures.
Your questions answered:
Q: How long does the Coronavirus survive on surfaces?
A: It is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces but it seems
to behave like other coronaviruses. It may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to nine
days. So please ensure you wash your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds
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Q: I am showing symptoms of the virus, what should I do?
A: Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. If you are worried you are showing
symptoms of the Coronavirus please use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what
to do next:
In Wales call 111 (if available in your area) or 0845 4647.
Q: I have been asked to self-isolate, what steps should I follow?
A: Please follow the link below if you have been asked to self-isolate:
Q: How long is the incubation period for COVID-19?
A: The incubation period means the time between catching the virus and showing
symptoms of the disease. Most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range from
1-14 days; most commonly around five days.
As always, the welfare of you all is paramount. We encourage all guests to follow this
guidance and keep up-to-date with developments from Public Health England as they are