Dear Fleet News Awards partner,

We appreciate that in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, there might be questions around the upcoming Fleet News Awards.

The Fleet News Awards will go ahead as scheduled on Wednesday 11th March 2020.

Please be assured that we are monitoring the situation closely following the latest UK Government advice as it is updated daily at 2pm, which you can also view here.

As an extra precaution we will be briefing all guests with appropriate hygiene instructions i.e. avoidance of close personal contact, hand shaking etc.

We have also received the following statement from Grosvenor House London:

We are closely monitoring the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the local health departments for their latest updates and guidelines regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The wellbeing of our guests and associates is our paramount priority and  we will continue to take the recommended preventative health and safety measures, including hand sanitizers in the washrooms and cloakrooms within The Great Room and Ballroom for your event.

The Fleet Awards is very important to us and we would like to reassure you, your Sponsors and Guests of the specific arrangements that we can jointly put in place for the prevention of the spread of Coronavirus during your event. 

You can view the latest information and advice by clicking here.

If you have recently returned to the UK in the last 14 days from one of the affected areas we urge you to follow the latest DoH guidance.

We recommend avoiding personal travel to risk areas (as listed below).

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice is currently advising against all travel to Hubei Province, and against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China. They are also advising against all but essential travel to:

  • the cities of Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea
  • Italy - Lombardy: Codogno, Castiglione d’Adda, Casalpusterlengo, Fombio, Maleo, Somaglia, Bertonico, Terranova dei Passerini, Castelgerundo and San Fiorano
  • in Veneto: Vo’ Euganeo

The FCO is not advising against travel to any other country/territory as a result of coronavirus risks.

FCO travel advice remains under constant review and you can view the latest on the travel advice guidance page.

Areas of risk: returning travellers

  • Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.
  • From the 19th Feb if you have returned from Iran, specific lockdown areas in northern Italy (above) as designated by the Government of Italy, ‘special care zones’ in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea or Hubei province you should call NHS 111, stay indoors and avoid contact with other people even if you do not have symptoms.
  • From 19th Feb, if you have returned from northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and develop symptoms, however mild, you should stay indoors at home and avoid contact with other people immediately and call NHS 111. You do not need to follow this advice if you have no symptoms.

Please follow personal hygiene routines (e.g. frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and water, using sanitizers and disinfectants, maintaining “sneeze-and-cough etiquette”, keeping distance to people coughing or sneezing, avoiding handshakes).

We will keep you updated with any significant further developments and information ahead of Wednesday 11th March.

If you have any additional queries or specific concerns ahead of the awards, please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Evitt.                                                                         

The Fleet News Awards Team