Statement from Phil Prettyman, HNBC Chairman
Dear HNBC Member
Unfortunately we have had to take the decision to cancel this Saturday’s AGM in light of the Coronavirus outbreak.
I initially resisted doing this but having watched BBC news channel all afternoon it is clear that the situation is deteriorating more rapidly. Indeed one of our committee has been in contact with someone who has been advised to self isolate. Bringing together a group of people, many of whom are in the most vulnerable category, is not a good idea. The medical situation nationally has moved today from ‘containment’ towards ‘delay’ and medical experts are advising people not to congregate in large groups and to avoid shaking hands or being too close.
Whilst this may be seen as an over-reaction it is a reasonable precaution as our meeting is not critical at this time and no-one will be hurt if we postpone it.
We will reschedule the AGM once we have seen what the trajectory of this virus is likely to be. Please refer to the blue band on the website for latest update.
Thank you for your understanding. I hope to see you later in the year.
Thursday 5 March 2020