Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) said: “Following the confirmation of cases of COVID-19 in Scotland, we are urging our members and the wider voluntary sector in Scotland to take care of the health of their staff, volunteers and beneficiaries. We encourage organisations to follow official advice and maintain healthy workplaces by ensuring hand washing facilities are well stocked and key areas like keyboards and door handles are frequently cleaned.
“Currently the advice is for most people to continue to go to work, school and other public places as normal which means there is no reason to cancel large charity events at this point, although we are advising organisations planning events to keep these under review, should the situation change at short notice. Employers should also assess their remote-working policies, should staff or volunteers have to work from home or the use of public transport is affected.
“We have published information on our website which details the symptoms of COVID-19 and how organisations can help to prevent the spread of the virus, and are signposting to official channels such as the NHS Inform and Scottish Government websites for the most up to date information available.”