Magpie Dance and coronavirus


Posted on: March 11, 2020

Dear friends,

With recent news about the coronavirus, you may have some questions or concerns.

Magpie Dance continues to follow all health and safety precautions advised by Public Health England to ensure the well-being of everyone at Magpie Dance (participants, staff, volunteers and visitors).

There is currently no cause for concern. Below is an update summary of Public Health England’s guidance to prevent further spread of the virus. Please note that the advice changes regularly so we recommend you keep up to date via the government website for the latest information.

I would like to re-assure you that we will do our very best to protect everyone at Magpie Dance from the covid-19 virus. To minimise the risk and spread of infection, we will encourage the participants to:

  • Catch coughs and sneezes with clean tissues (or to cough/sneeze in their elbow/sleeve if a tissue is not to hand) and throw away immediately and then wash their hands
  • When washing hands, we will make sure participants wash their thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water and dry them fully with paper towels
  • Facilitators will ensure that participants wash their hands immediately before and after sessions
  • – For Thursday participants that stay all day and take lunch, we will make sure they wash their hands (as per above) prior to eating their lunch
  • For any participants attending trips, likewise we will take regular breaks to wash hands
  • Whilst dancing there may be touch involved, however we will avoid touching face, eyes and nose
  • We will no longer ‘hi 5’ when we greet each other; we will touch elbows instead
  • Facilitators will use hand gel, have tissues on them (available for participants) and wash their hands before and after sessions

Currently, government advice is for most people to continue to go to work, school and other public places. Our sessions will carry on as usual. Our whole company performance on the 24th May (at Langley Park School for Boys) is still planned to go ahead at this stage.

We also rely on your help to minimise the risks by evaluating if participants are well enough or not to attend a session – please note we cannot make this decision for you (if you have any doubt, best to act on the side of caution or call NHS 111); for example, if your participant has a mild cold, but feels well and fit enough to attend a session, then that participant must be prepared to take the above precautions during class.

We will continue to monitor the information published by the Department of Health and Social Care and keep you informed and updated with all relevant information should the situation change or develop. Please also keep up to date with official advice from the government. Current advice, updated every day, may be found by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Below are links to charities providing support and further information should you want to read it / if applicable to you.