SQUASH WALES UPDATE 24.03.2020

24th March 2020

National news

As a result of the UK Government’s advice on the 20th March we would like to provide an update from Squash Wales.

Squash Wales priority continues to be the health and wellbeing of all our many stakeholders in the game and we will aim to provide support, guidance and leadership where needed during these unprecedented times to assist in keeping you all safe and ensuring we can return to normal business operations when practicable.

As of the 18th March the Squash Wales office has closed and all office staff are now working from home.

Contact details:

Operation Manager, email: Roy.gingell@www.squash.wales,   Tel: 07989 128331

Performance Director, email: david.evans@www.squash.wales, Tel: 07540 329238

Finance Manager, email: elizabeth.johnstone@www.squash.wales

Regional Development Officer, sarah.clode@www.squash.wales, Tel: 07827876600

Business Administrator, danielle.brown@www.squash.wales

As far as reasonably possible we will continue to conduct the day to day business of the National Governing Body. That said, all our programmes, leagues, training and events have been cancelled until further notice.

In light of the recent announcement from the Government that the UK is now on full lockdown with a number of exceptions:

– To exercise once a day, practising social distancing

– Travel to and from work

– Shopping only for essential items

– Travelling for medical or care needs

Squash Wales are implementing all relevant requests and policies issued by the Government and we strongly recommend you follow the same instructions to protect yourself and others.

We are also enclosing useful links below that will provide additional information on the current situation.

If there any questions or queries, please feel free to contact any of the staff as above, or myself on the contact details below:

Chair, email: philbrailey@hotmail.com,   Tel: 07778 803580

Our best wishes to you all, stay safe and well

Useful Links:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

News

UK in lockdown as strict curbs on lift brought in – BBC News 24.03.2020

Live updates on Coronavirus – BBC Wales 24.03.2020

Caravan parks, campsites and tourist hotspots to be closed in Wales – BBC News 23.03.2020

UK pubs and restaurants told to shut in virus fight – BBC News 20.03.2020

Wages cover for businesses hit by virus outlined – BBC News 20.03.2020

Coronavirus: Firms ‘have just hours’ to survive – BBC Wales Politics 20.03.2020

Here’s a list of all the staff listed as ‘essential’ to the coronavirus response – ITV Wales 20.03.2020

Social distancing may be needed for ‘most of year’ – BBC News 20.03.2020

Coronavirus: Welsh Rugby Union cancel all league and cup gamesBBC Sport 20.03.2020

Welsh Government

Coranivirus (COVID 19): closure of businesses and premises guidance, 24.03.2020

Non-essential businesses and premises that must shut from 23 March 2020

Simple Steps to help your GP practice help you, 24.03.2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continue to progress, pressure on all our NHS services will increase.

How the schools will work during the coronavirus pandemic, 23.03.2020

Guidance on how schools will work during the coronavirus pandemic, including exams and assessments.

£10 million emergency support for rough sleepers in Wales during coronavirus outbreak, 20 March 2020

The Welsh Government is making £10 million available to councils in Wales to help them to take immediate and direct action to protect the homeless and rough sleepers in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Housing Minister Julie James has confirmed.

UK Government

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector, 23 March 2020

Guidance to help with running your charity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Reduced rail timetable agreed to protect train services and staff, 20 March 2020

Government has worked with rail operators to agree a reduction in rail service levels to help tackle the spread of COVID-19.

WLGA

Coronavirus: Joint Statement by ADSS Cymru and WLGA, 20 March 2020

The Association of Directors of Social Services Cymru (Wales) and the Welsh Local Government Association have praised the continued dedication and professionalism of social care workers caring for the most at-risk citizens; and are emphasising the need to ensure virus testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) are issued to frontline care workers.

Welsh Conservatives

Covid-19: Leader of the Opposition reacts to Prime Minister’s ‘lockdown’ announcement , 23 March, 2020

In an announcement both brief and informative, Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening (March 23) announced the effective lockdown of the United Kingdom to slow the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).

Covid-19 Transport cuts take effect. Shadow Minister says: ‘Don’t use public transport unless necessary’, 23 March 2020.

Echoing the words of Paul Davis AM, the Leader of the Opposition and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Shadow Minister for Transport has urged everyone to travel only if necessary.

Plaid Cymru

Fight against Covid-19 given huge boost by design and production in West Wales of new ventilator device to save countless lives,  24 March 2020

A senior consultant at Glangwili Hospital Carmarthen and an Ammanford company have designed a device to help hospitalised Covid-19 patients breathe.

Nurseries call for extra support for childcare sector amid Coronavirus crisis, 23 March 2020

Plaid Cymru have called for extra support and protection for the childcare sector and its workforce across Wales amid the Coronavirus crisis.