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DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S MESSAGE: ABOUT THE COVID-19 VIRUS

As global concerns surrounding the COVID-19 Virus ("Coronavirus") expand world governments are taking steps to minimise the spread of illness and are working to understand and learn more about the disease; many within District 60 Bare inquiring what should Lions be doing . Many questions have arisen; should meetings be held? Should we have projects? Will the MD 60 Convention be rescheduled?

As Leos and Lions within District 60B, take steps to deal with the impact of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, we firstly have to be fully informed and compliant on the guidance being provided by the respective governments within the District, and by extension, be aware of how this guidance impacts the 'normal' activities of the Club. It is not a 'one size fit all' situation and we must keep ourselves fully informed ofthe advice being provided by the public health professionals and governments in our respective jurisdiction. This advice should then guide the Club's leadership on how best to operate at the local level in this time of uncertainty .

There are some universal precautions simple and effective things that if followed will help us to reduce the risk of infection to ourselves and those around us regardless of our jurisdiction . I urge Leos and Lions throughout the District to take heed of this guidance provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO). These include :

  • Increase hygiene by cleaning your hands regularly with an alcoholbased rub or soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow if you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you're sick.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel and large social gatherings (there are country specific guidelines that define a large gathering).
  • Comply with the advice of your local or national health authority.
  • Find and share reliable information and avoid assisting in the circulation of 'fake news' that does not come from known and trusted sources.

It is natural for us to be afraid. This pandemic has 'thrown up' many unanswered questions and arguably none of us has experienced a public health emergency of this scale in our lifetime. But, we are a resilient people and we must now dig deep, protect ourselves and think outside of the box while we continue TO SERVEin the best possible way we can in the circumstances.

Indeed, this is a situation where vulnerable groups may need our help. The elderly, the homeless and the hungry , children and schools. Our response guided by wisdom and the necessary precautions should be in line with our famous say "WHERE THERE IS A NEED THERE IS A LION".

This is a time when Lions are called to assist in any way possible with national programmes to mitigate the effects of this pandemic. With God's help and with wisdom let us continue to reach out where possible. This may mean providing care for the elderly , helping Lions who may be affected , etc. What you can do will depend on our context and capabilities , but I would like to think that total paralysis is not an option .

We are living in a dynamic situation; things are changing daily. Let us keep informed and with wisdom , the necessary precautions and God's help and protection continue to serve offering 'Service without boundaries, Touching Lives, Transforming Communities .

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