Home > BSG Annual Meeting 2020 statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

BSG Annual Meeting 2020 statement on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

4 March 2020

We are currently monitoring the situation regarding the ongoing international outbreak of Covid-19, and the situation in the UK, through various authorities and are continuing to work as planned to host the BSG Annual Meeting in June 2020.

There are currently no travel restrictions in place within the UK and restrictions are currently only for the high-risk areas such as China and Italy. The country is still considered in a containment phase and there has been no government advice to cancel or postpone events at this stage. We are, however, looking at potentially live-streaming our speakers from any affected country where needed.

This unprecedented situation is changing daily so we remain watchful, but also, for now, focused on delivering what is an important event in the life of the BSG community.

Mindful of our duty of care we are carefully considering and consulting with experts on what the appropriate sanitary, health and other measures should be and can assure you that all appropriate measures will be in place at the conference.

We’re aware that there’s a lot of speculation and hype surrounding the impact of Covid-19 globally and that it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Below we’re sharing some of the sources we believe to be the most reliable, independent and credible. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

Public Health England has also issued more detailed advice for healthcare workers who have recently travelled outside the UK:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-guidance-for-healthcare-providers-with-staff-who-have-travelled-to-china/guidance-for-healthcare-providers-healthcare-workers-who-have-travelled-to-china

Further information on travel advice is available at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

We feel strongly that it is our collective responsibility to focus on the facts and to act with common sense and sound judgement, taking the advice of the relevant authorities, medical experts and scientists.

Above all, we believe it’s important to keep this global health issue in context, as this is a fluid and developing situation. We, as a team, are monitoring the situation daily and will provide a further update as required.