Our March meeting is tomorrow night, Friday, 13th March. It will be our first Large Prints competition for the year and I, for one, am looking forward to it. It will be exciting to see the Advanced group battling it out, the A-Graders sorting themselves out and the B-Graders, with many new members, showing us their skill and talent. The Digital Competition is always good with all grades competing.
As President, I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up the topic of COVID-19. I am not fearmongering, but it is an issue we will have to be aware of as we meet as a large group. Most of us are in the age group that is most at risk of developing severe illness if infected with this coronavirus. For this reason, we need to be aware of the steps to take to protect ourselves against infection and to prevent the spread of the virus, especially if we intend to meet as a group during this pandemic.
If you have any cold or flu symptoms, it is recommended that you don’t attend our meetings. This is because, if it turns out you are infected with COVID-19, the virus is most likely spread through close contact with an infectious person, through contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze, and through touching objects or surfaces that have been coughed or sneezed on by an infected person then touching your mouth or face.
As we serve supper at the end of the night, I recommend that we all wash our hands (there are toilets in the hall) or clean our hands with a hand sanitizer before eating or preparing the food. Close contact with others should be avoided (touching, handshakes). If you do need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, and thoughtfully dispose of the tissue. This is just all good hygiene and will prevent the spread of most infections, not just COVID-19.
Don’t be afraid to come to our meeting. At the moment, to my knowledge, there are no cases of COVID-19 reported on the Central Coast; so, at this stage infection risk is low. We are all intelligent and practical people and we care about each other. We just need to do as recommended by the medical authorities and reduce the risk of infection and the spread of infection.
See you all tomorrow night.
Barbara Blades, President