This document has been developed to provide guidance for Muslim charities in the UK in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, also referred to as the ‘coronavirus’.
The virus is believed to have originated in the city Wuhan in the Hubei province of China. Though full knowledge of the specifics of the virus is still limited, it is not believed to be airborne and is spread through infected respiratory droplets being transferred from an infected person to a non-infected person both directly or through contact to an infected surface area.
According to the 12/03/20 Cobra meeting briefing, the government suggests that the UK will experience the peak of the virus in between 10-14 weeks. At the time of writing the UK has nearly 10,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 474 reported deaths.
The government advised on the following on the 16/03/20:
- anybody with fever or a continuous cough or has a member in their family with these symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days
- working from home should be adopted where possible
- people should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues
- only use NHS when it is a necessity
- the government will no longer support mass gatherings by using emergency services
The government aims to flatten the epidemic peak prior to introducing stricter measures with the aim that this will provide more time to effectively respond without crippling emergency services.
With the UK government’s strategy to delay the peak of the virus, we can expect there to be a direct implication on events and fundraising campaigns during the holy month of Ramadan. This document aims to provide some practical advice on how to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on your organisation and to minimise risk to the continuity of your organisation and the live-saving work Muslim charities do both in the UK and globally. By formulating comprehensive plans and preparing for the potential scenarios that our organisations may be faced with, we can, inshAllah, better effectively protect the sector.V2-Guide-A-Protecting-your-charity-25_03_2020-2
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