Updated: Mar 19
With the concerns surrounding the global outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is clear that in the events industry we need to react promptly and efficiently to minimise the risk and offer reassurance to all involved in our events. Our focus is on the personal safety of our Event Organisers, Stallholders and Event Attendees. Essentially, this is ensuring that we all have a greater understanding of how to prepare for and overcome the challenges that lie ahead.
Cheeki Monkeys are following advice regarding the spread of the Coronavirus in the UK and monitoring the situation closely. We are paying close attention to Government and NHS guidance as it is updated.
Currently, the advice is for most people to continue to go to work, school and other public places. Communities are encouraged to continue day-to-day activities as normal whilst treating each other with mutual respect.
At the moment there are no plans to restrict the operation of our events. Our Event Organisers are following the government guidelines to restrict the spread of the virus and we ask that all Stallholders and Event Attendees are aware of the guidelines too, which are:
Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, mouth if your hands are unclean
Please adopt a NO-HANDSHAKE policy at our events. No offence... it just makes sense!
Prior to the day of the event, stallholders should freshly launder all clothing items, all other items should be wiped down with anti-bacterial wipes.
The health of all our visitors and members is important to us, Cheeki Monkeys want to welcome everyone to our events with the reassurance that we have your health in mind, so you can enjoy a wonderful day.
Cheeki Monkeys is monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully and regularly, following advice and guidelines set by the UK Government, NHS and the World Health Organisation.
If there are any changes to the current recommendations, we will review and react to their instructions promptly.
For further information about Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit these websites which are constantly updated with the latest advice:
You can also view Coronavirus advice for the public from the World Health Organisation
12th March 2020: Update following today's COBRA meeting
The UK is moving from the 'containment' phase of the Coronavirus pandemic to the 'delay' phase.
The overall phases of the Government’s plan to respond to COVID-19 are:
Contain: detect early cases, follow up close contacts, and prevent the disease taking hold in this country for as long as is reasonably possible
Delay: slow the spread in this country, if it does take hold, lowering the peak impact and pushing it away from the winter season
Research: better understand the virus and the actions that will lessen its effect on the UK population; innovate responses including diagnostics, drugs and vaccines; use the evidence to inform the development of the most effective models of care
Mitigate: provide the best care possible for people who become ill, support hospitals to maintain essential services and ensure ongoing support for people ill in the community to minimise the overall impact of the disease on society, public services and on the economy
The government published its official Coronavirus action plan which includes full details on the government’s 4-stage strategy. View more about these stages here
In the UK today, there are 590 confirmed cases but realistically 5,000-10,000 people are likely to be infected.
If an individual has a continuous cough or high temperature they should remain at home for seven days.
Should schools close? Based on early research, children are fortunately affected much less than adults. Schools would need to close for 13-16 weeks to be effective. As a result, the decision has been made to keep schools open.
'Social distancing' will be concentrated around the people who are vulnerable but the government do not think that it is appropriate to make a national recommendation for this at the moment.
With regards to events like ours; Mr Johnson stressed the most “draconian” measures must not be triggered too early and the scientific advice that the Government has received is that banning major events will have little impact on the spread of the virus.
Following the COBRA meeting, Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s chief scientific advisor said that with major events like sporting events, of course there is a risk but when one person is infected and they cough or sneeze etc. on average they could infect two or three others. Therefore, there is a very low probability of infecting large numbers of people in places such as "stadiums". They have a higher probability of infecting people very close to them. This means that most of the transmission tends to take place with friends, colleagues and family members and not in big environments. So it is true that with any event cancellations you will have some impact but this is not a major way to tackle this epidemic.
17th March 2020: **MARCH, APRIL and MAY EVENTS POSTPONED**
Following yesterday's statement from the Government warning the UK population to avoid non-essential contact, in particular the recommendation about pregnant women being advised to stay at home. We have taken the responsible decision to postpone all imminent events with immediate effect.
ALL events taking place in MARCH, APRIL and MAY have been POSTPONED.
The health and well-being of our customers and wider community is paramount, this is our primary reason for the postponement.
Cheeki Monkeys will continue to monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation carefully and regularly following advice and guidelines set by the UK Government, NHS and the World Health Organisation.
Our event organisers are in the process of securing future dates for their events and will update all stallholders with details of their forthcoming event dates as soon as possible. Stallholders will have the option to transfer to a convenient event date of their choice.
Full details about all of our forthcoming events can be found on our events calendar: www.cheekimonkeys.co.uk/calendar
Take good care and be safe...