Due to recent Government announcements of social distancing and closure closures we have decided to place the 2020/2021 Torbay and Devon Civic Award on hold for the time being.
Currently the Torbay and Devon Civic Award have around 40 primary schools from all corners of Devon, including around 800 active participants, taking part.
The safety and wellbeing of all our participating students, families, teachers, support staff, officials and supporters is our priority and we will take all necessary precautions to ensure their continued welfare.
As with many businesses, charities and community organisations we have been actively monitoring the situation with regards to the outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus and are reviewing and following the guidelines of Public Health England.
The Torbay and Devon Civic Award Officials do not encourage any student or accompanying school representative, parents or legal guardian to participate in any activity which will create a risk contracting Covid-19 and any such activity (especially in a public environment) where there is a high risk of contributing to the spread of Covid-19.
As per the Heath Authority advice, delaying the spread of this virus can be helped by:
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Putting used tissues in the bin immediately
- Washing your hands with soap and hot water regularly, and using hand sanitiser gel (Using the 20 second rule)
- Trying to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
What Steps Should I Take?
All members of the public should reduce the time they spend with others:
- Everyone should stop non-essential contact with others. This is particularly important for people over 70, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women
- People should work from home if they can
- Cafes, pubs and restaurants are being closed from Friday night (20/03/2020) – except for take-away food – to tackle coronavirus.
- People should stop all unnecessary travel
- Those with the most serious health conditions – around 1.4 million including patients undergoing chemotherapy – should be shielded from social contact for 12 weeks. These patients will receive detailed guidance from the NHS
Everyone should continue to regularly wash their hands and avoid contacting the NHS unless it’s essential.
The strongest warnings are in place for those who are ill and the people close to them:
- Anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone, or 14 days if they live with others.
- Anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days. People who have to isolate themselves should ask others for help.