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CURRENT STATUS: CLOSED FULLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Latest Status 27th March 2020
The Society has had its deep clean but following government legislation on 21st March we will be closed until the restrictions on social gathering are lifted. Please use the above link for services available to you.
Latest Status 16th March 2020
Further to last weeks announcement we have had a visitor to the Society who now feels they may have the Coronavirus (they have not yet been tested). He had no personal contact with anyone, wasn't attending any lectures and wasn’t doing research so no material should be contaminated. However, we regrettably feel the time has come to close the Society until further notice.
We will carry out a deep clean and then keep the situation monitored but we feel we cannot put you, our valued members and visitors, at risk until the escalation and spread of the virus is bought under control.
Anyone who does develop any of the symptoms are advised to follow NHS guidelines. We will not repeat them here because it is a constantly moving situation.
All events attendees will be contacted and given the various options open to them. We will be hoping to reconvene events when we are able to re-open but refunds will also be offered if you cannot attend the rescheduled event.
We will continue to offer the web services and staff will work remotely to service members where possible. This has happened quicker than we expected but I am hoping tomorrow after I meet with staff to go through the logistics I may be in a position to see if volunteers can man the help line more frequently.
Anyone who misses this notice and arrives tomorrow will be offered external refreshments before having to return home but I will be unable to let anyone in the building.
We appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented times and hope you all stay safe. We also hope our visitor recovers from this dreadful virus unharmed.
Monitor this web page and our blog to see when we will re-open. We intend to revisit the decision each fortnight, the first review will be on March 27th.
June Perrin, Chief Executive
Status 11th March 2020
Here at the Society we are monitoring the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation carefully regarding our operations and servicing our members and visitors needs.
We have to be extra careful and acknowledge a majority of our visitors fall into the elderly and vulnerable category so vigilance is paramount. We advise extra care with hand washing and have placed hand sanitizers for use for visitors, staff and volunteers. Extra wipes have been made available for keyboards, mice and computers. However this is more difficult with the physical material of books, manuscripts etc. If you visit you may like to fetch gloves with you.
If you have any flu like symptoms the advice would be not to attend but follow the current government health guidelines.
The society relies heavily on volunteers to service counters (among many other tasks they carry out). If we reach a point where volunteers do not wish to travel we may have to temporarily close (or indeed if government advice on travel in London changes). Staff will try and carry on working remotely to service your requirements during this time but please be aware things may be outside of our control during this period.
We hope this terrible situation is contained and all our members remain safe.
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