The AUGB’s Board of Directors issued a statement last night in relation to the worsening spread of the coronavirus. It followed meetings of the Board held on 17 March and of Branch Chairs held yesterday evening.


The statement stresses that “this is an extremely worrying time for everyone in this country and we believe that as an organisation, we must be pro-active and show a duty of care to our members, volunteers, staff of all ages. Government advice, specifically relating to clubs, bars, restaurants, etc., is for people to stay away, and for large gatherings to be avoided. In addition, everyone is being advised to maintain social distance, with older people and those with certain medical conditions, strongly advised to do so.


“Our most important concern is the health of every individual and of our wider community. Based on the advice and guidelines of the UK Government and the rapidly worsening situation, the Board has decided that all AUGB premises are to be closed with immediate effect until further notice to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.” 


The Board will review the position on 6 April.


Earlier in the day, a circular was sent to all AUGB Branch committees covering some of the key areas and implications of the decision.


All outstanding Branch AGMs scheduled to take place between now and May have been postponed. The date of the National AGM (currently scheduled to take place on 6 June) and the Service of Thanksgiving, unveiling and blessing ceremony of the new glazed window in St James’s Church (8 May) will also be reviewed on 6 April.



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