Coronavirus: Art gallery announces temporary closure
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A statement read: ‘In light of public health advice and with care and concern for our staff, volunteers, artists and wider communities the gallery will be temporarily closed and will reopen as soon as possible.
‘While the building is closed and our programme paused we will still be actively looking for ways to support and engage with our audience. We will endeavour to share our activity digitally and will keep our website and social channels continually updated, so please do connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
‘Our core hours remain 11am to 4pm and staff will be working remotely during this period.
‘We also ask you to be mindful of the impact that COVID-19 will have on Aspex as a registered charity and encourage you to consider making a donation.’
Coronavirus: the facts
What is coronavirus?
Covid-19 is a respiratory illness that can affect lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called coronavirus.
What caused coronavirus?
The outbreak started in Wuhan in China in December 2019 and it is thought that the virus, like others of its kind, has come from animals.
How is it spread?
As this is such a new illness, experts still aren’t sure how it is spread. But similar viruses are spread in cough droplets. Therefore covering your nose and mouth when sneezing and coughing, and disposing of used tissues straight away is advised. Viruses like coronavirus cannot live outside the body for very long.
What are the symptoms?
The NHS states that the symptoms are: a dry cough, high temperature and shortness of breath - but these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness. Look out for flu-like symptoms, such as aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose and a sore throat. It’s important to remember that some people may become infected but won’t develop any symptoms or feel unwell.
What precautions can be taken?
Washing your hands with soap and water thoroughly. The NHS also advises to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze; put used tissues in the bin immediately and try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell. Also avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth unless your hands are clean.
Sources: World Health Organisation and NHS