With a situation that changes daily, the advice around protecting yourself and what to do if you are infected is always being updated, hence we will not be publishing it here. For this information, see the Public Health England and NHS websites.
NHS overview – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Government overview including action plan – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
Charity Commission advice
The Charity Commission came under fire last week for its guidance to charities around the virus, and has since withdrawn that advice. The original advice stated that charities may need to report a serious incident if they are seriously impacted by coronavirus, but this has been rescinded. The Charity Commission now says:
We’ve received many enquires into our call centre about the reporting process on RSI [reporting serious incidents]. Unfortunately, our initial response was not as helpful as we would have liked. “Therefore, we would like to clarify that charities should continue to report serious incidents using the current guidelines and their own judgment, and we will advise when this situation changes.”
You can read an article about this situation in Civil Society.
There is also guidance around whether events should be cancelled, even if the government is not advising it at this point, coming from the Fundraising Regulator.
NCVO has collated support and advice around coronavirus, including the basic NHS advice, but also questions around cancelling events, financial implications, contingency plans and insurance, and updated information for specific groups (Diabetes UK, British Heart Foundation, and many others have updated guidance on their websites for their particular users)