NCVO publishes coronavirus guidance for charities

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has published guidance for charities on the coronavirus outbreak.

More than 90,000 people are thought to have contracted Covid-19 since the virus first emerged in Wuhan, China, in January, and has since spread across the world, including to the UK.

The NCVO guidance provides details on how to protect staff, volunteers and visitors to a charity during any possible coronavirus epidemic, including managing travel risks, implementing cleaning regimes and providing hand-washing facilities, such as hand sanitiser that is at least 60 per cent alcohol.

It also calls on charities to make sure they provide clear information to staff and volunteers about prevention measures, including through posters and email.

There is also advice about self-isolation, whether or not to have staff avoid the workplace, travel arrangements and whether charities should run events during an outbreak.

The financial implications will also have to be thought about, the guidance says, including if income falls because of serious disruption and contingency costs for the year should the health crisis worsen.

Charities are also advised to consider carefully how beneficiaries could be affected by the coronavirus and to have contingency plans in place if a significant number of staff and volunteers are off sick.

The guidance can be viewed here.

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