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This guidance is based on the situation as of today 17 March.

We’re following the Government guidance on reducing unnecessary social contact that might risk transmission of the virus in the community. Here’s our best advice based on our own experience, and what we know many organisations have already put into place

Increase and focus your cleaning routine – regular cleaning of door handles, toilet handles and seats, counter-tops and tables – even wheelchair handles, basically think about anything that more than one person touches with their hands.

Stop delivering any group or public sessions that aren’t absolutely essential.  Bringing together groups of vulnerable people presents a risk of transmission. Think of different ways to offer or replace the social dimension of what your activities as for. There might be a digital solution, or something that can be done by phone contact.

Think creatively about how you can continue to deliver really essential services. For instance if you run a food bank or pay-as-you feel food shop, prepare bags of essentials that people can collect from your door, or that you can mobilise people to deliver.

Consider how you might best use the enthusiasm of local people who want to help – but make sure that you do things in a way that doesn’t cause problems further down the line.

Take notice of guidance from reliable sources, not rumour or memes on social media