Covid-19/Corona virus - updated 16MAR2020

Actually Members: ACTUALLY REHEARSALS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

The well being of all chorus members and team is of paramount importance to the board so in accordance with Government briefings and the latest advice from Public Health England we have taken the decision to suspend rehearsals for the foreseeable future with immediate effect until we receive updated advice to the contrary.

I appreciate people have concerns about this situation, which is evolving rapidly. Striking the balance has been difficult but we are in unprecedented times. It’s easy to get confused on the advice given, or to get over-wrought about it all - it is a serious matter. But, as we’ve been careful to say, we are not just a chorus but a community and if anyone needs anything, they should feel able to reach out and ask for help through the usual channels. Guidance on mental health wellbeing during this stressful time is available here.

In the meantime, please use all the tracks uploaded to the site and keep practising! We will, of course, stay in contact via the usual sources, so please be sure to check in on you emails, the Facebook social group and notifications via the music website.

We may not be seeing much of each other over the next few weeks, so please know that we are still the strong unit we were before and if you need us, please get in touch.

Stay safe, follow the official guidelines and remember to wash your hands!

Nick Paget

Chairperson

Actually Gay Men's Chorus


We request that, in line with official advice, if you have a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, you should not attend, for the good of the wider group; you should stay at home for 14 days and follow NHS 111 advice

Look after each other; keep in contact. And if you do need to self-isolate, we can all help with food and supply deliveries to your door whilst considering quarantine guidelines.

Patrons, Visitors and Guests: We respectfully ask that you contact us in advance of any visits to rehearsals enquiries@actuallycic.org or via https://www.facebook.com/ActuallyGMC/

As the situation is a constantly changing one, you need to make sure that you check with relevant official websites on a daily basis at least. These might be useful:

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

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

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

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We're very proud to have delivered on our pledge to support the Sussex Beacon as our nominated charity for 2019, donating £1,200! We have also committed to work with the Beacon again in 2020.

Thank you for your continued support for us and, in turn, for The Sussex Beacon!

Nick Paget, Chair, Actually CIC

The Sussex Beacon charity offers specialist care and support for men, women and families living with HIV. Open every day of the year, The Sussex Beacon helps people manage with the everyday realities of living with this life-long condition that has no cure.

Julie Rawcliffe of The Sussex Beacon said, ”Every year, we need to raise over two million pounds to continue providing these vital services to people living with HIV. It is only through the generosity of people like you that we are able to continue our work.”