Clar­i­fi­ca­tion of the mes­sage from Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group on Novem­ber 4th

In the mes­sage from Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group on Novem­ber 4 2021 it was stat­ed that due to the seri­ous coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion, the coro­n­avirus task group rec­om­mends that hob­by activ­i­ties for chil­dren and adults should be paused for a few weeks.

The word­ing has raised ques­tions, and right­ly so, which is why Soite now clar­i­fies the rec­om­men­da­tion and its moti­va­tion. The rec­om­men­da­tion from Soite’s coro­n­avirus task group does not require the sus­pen­sion of hob­by activ­i­ties, but in this excep­tion­al sit­u­a­tion, the coro­n­avirus task group wish­es to alert the gen­er­al pub­lic of pos­si­ble infec­tion risks, espe­cial­ly in hob­bies with a high risk of infec­tion. The coro­n­avirus task group asks the pop­u­la­tion to please assess which gath­er­ings and events it is jus­ti­fied to par­tic­i­pate in under cur­rent cir­cum­stances. Please exer­cise cau­tion when attend­ing events, espe­cial­ly with regards to coro­n­avirus dis­ease in rela­tion to risk groups and the elder­ly, as well as their fam­i­ly members.

The rec­om­men­da­tion aims to help ensure that chil­dren and young peo­ple have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­tin­ue their school work in the form of con­tact education.

In order to ease the excep­tion­al­ly seri­ous coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion, spe­cial care must now be tak­en at all gath­er­ings, includ­ing those relat­ed to hob­by activ­i­ties. In par­tic­u­lar, it is rec­om­mend­ed that you avoid gath­er­ings where the coro­n­avirus safe­ty instruc­tions and suf­fi­cient safe­ty dis­tances in accor­dance with sec­tion 58 of the Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Act can­not be fol­lowed. Dur­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in high-risk events and hob­bies, spe­cial cau­tion should be exer­cised and con­sid­er­a­tion should be giv­en to whether you and your fam­i­ly mem­bers should par­tic­i­pate in these.

It is rec­om­mend­ed that meet­ings be held only judi­cious­ly and in accor­dance with the coro­n­avirus relat­ed hygiene guide­lines. The coro­n­avirus safe­ty of the events is the respon­si­bil­i­ty of the orga­niz­er. Each par­tic­i­pant decides for them­selves regard­ing their participation.


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