We acknowledge the anxiety and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and reasonable concerns of our club members about the local situation.
With that in mind we think it is both prudent and responsible that Whakatu Rotary suspend our weekly club meetings until at least after Easter 2020. There will therefore be no club meetings on 20 March, 27 March, 3 April or 10 April (Good Friday).
The rationale behind out decision is as follows:
(1) Some of our members could be at increased risk from COVID-19, due to their age, health and possible contact with people who have recently returned from overseas.
(2) Many of our members work in environments where there are groups and individuals who are more vulnerable.
(3) The venue we normally use at Trailways makes it difficult to limit physical contact, maintain physical distancing and carry on with personal hygiene, such as hand washing.
(4) As Rotarians we should be role modelling the desired behaviours and reinforce public health messaging from health and government authorities.
(5) While we have systems in place that would help with contact tracing if required, weekly meetings are not absolutely essential and reducing the potential for any contact is being responsible.
(6) Many organisations in Nelson have taken a similar approach and we believe we should do the same.
(7) We aren’t alone in cancelling our club meetings, projects and conferences. Other Rotary clubs and Districts are making similar decisions. The board will need to talk about what to do with payments being made by members for meetings we have cancelled.
Just a reminder of the basic precautions:
A) Wash your hands.
B) If you don’t need to travel overseas, then don’t.
C) Wash your hands.
D) If you sneeze, do it into your elbow
E) Wash your hands
F) If you’re sick, stay home.
G) Wash your hands.
H) Stop handshakes, hugs, and hongi. We know this will be difficult for some Rotarians, but the best thing we can do right now to show love and affection to one another, is to try new methods of greeting such as the Peace sign, or the the East Coast wave.
I) Please be mindful of the older people in your life. Check-in on them.
The Ministry of Health is providing up to date information and advice on COVID-19 check out their website for all the latest information and advice.
We all have a role to play during this time. Look out for your neighbours, look out for your family. Look out for your friends.
Members who have speakers arranged for Friday 20, 27 March and 3 April, please contact them to advise that we have cancelled our meetings for the interim. We hope you may be able to reschedule them in future.
After Works Drinks this Friday at Arden in Hardy Street is still on and individual members can decide if they want to partake. We will also update our website and social media.
Thanks everyone. Keep safe, stay in touch, and go well.