The committee met last night via Zoom and top of our agenda was restarting the twice-weekly meetings at Hut18. Since the last national lockdown restrictions were removed some 6 weeks ago, the statistics have beaten even the most optimistic “expert” models. While COVID remains in wide circulation around the UK, hospital admissions remain relatively low and the worst consequences of the virus even lower. The picture is even better for the double vaccinated. This is excellent news and with booster jabs being rolled out from early next week the committee voted to resume both Wednesday evening and Sunday morning meetings at Hut18.
Of course, this is not a time to be complacent and we will keep a keen eye on the national and local situation going forward.
There are a few things that we can all do to keep each other safe:
- Social distancing remains a key measure to help reduce transmission. Wherever possible give each other space and be respectful if members want more space
- Ventilation. We will be keeping doors open for as long as the weather allows
- Masks help protect others. While not mandatory, they are a real demonstration of your concern for fellow members
- Testing. Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) are available to everyone free of charge from the NHS. Please consider using them before attending meetings.
- Reporting. If you test positive for COVID in the days after attending a meeting, it is vital that you report this to BOTH the NHS Test and Trace AND to CARC (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Signing in using the normal club book at the entrance is now mandatory. This allows us to quickly inform all close contacts to enable their testing if necessary.
I hope to see you at the club this Sunday 19th September, our first Wednesday meeting will be on September 22nd with a talk on VHF NFD which the club entered back in July. This will be available both in-person and via Zoom to maximise participation, something we intend to continue going forward.