COVID-19 – Statement ARYA

ARYA Statement on COVID 19 (Coronavirus) – 14 March 2020

The situation with the coronavirus outbreak is changing rapidly at present. The ARYA is monitoring a number of sources including the Australian Government, World Health Organization as well as International sailing bodies such as World Sailing and IRSA.
Changes announced by the Australian Government yesterday (Friday, March 13) do not materially affect radio sailing events, and no change to the previous advisory, which was posted on the ARYA website on March 8, is necessary. However, the ARYA Committee in conjunction with the States would like to ask our members to assist in the protection of our radio sailing community by taking the following precautions:

·       The ARYA recommends that event organizers do not provide communal food for skippers. Participants should make their own arrangements for lunches.
·       We recommend that wherever possible, event organizers and clubs provide handwashing facilities at events or at club days, and participants are encouraged to use them.
·       We ask that participants encourage the use of “fist-bumps” or “bumping elbows” in place of handshakes.
·       We ask that participants reduce “close contact” with one another. Close contact means:
o   you have had face-to-face contact for at least 15 minutes or
o   you have been in a closed space for at least 2 hours.

·       If you have returned to Australia from overseas or been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days and have developed a fever or other respiratory symptoms, immediately self-isolate and call your GP and follow their advice on attending for assessment. You should not attend any radio sailing events under these circumstances.

Our radio sailing community is made up of an older demographic. Whilst the risk of contracting this disease remains low at present, the consequences of contracting the disease for people in this age group are much greater than for the population in general. We ask that our members follow the advice of health professionals and government departments and remain vigilant to the risk factors.

Further information can be found at:
Health Direct:  https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/coronavirus
World Health Organization:  https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

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