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Coronavirus - Advice for Licensees

Coronavirus, also known as 2019-nCoV, is a respiratory illness originating from Wuhan and Hubei Province in China. The BII have compiled a check list for licensees who would like succinct information on ways they can prevent spread of the virus.

Situation in the UK

To date (3rd February 2020), two patients in England have been tested positive for coronavirus. Other numbers are higher in other countries.

While the risk to individuals has remained unchanged in the last few days, it is important to note that this is a public health emergency of international concern. Permitting the Government to plan for all eventualities.

We are encouraging any BII Members or licensees to call 111 if you're worried 

The symptoms of Coronavirus usually include:

- A cough

- A high temperature

- Difficulty breathing

The NHS currently don’t know exactly how the Coronavirus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses are known to spread by cough droplets.

Coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, those with long term conditions (diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease).

If you have returned from Wuhan in the last 14 days, or know someone who has, NHS advice is:

- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people

- Call NHS 111 to tell them of your recent travel to a city

- If you are in Northern Ireland, call your GP.

- DO NOT visit your GP in person, as this risks spreading the illness to patients and staff.

- Follow all advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

- If you need to stay indoors, friends or delivery drivers are able to drop of food and supplies.

- If your children have not visited Wuhan (or other areas of China) and don’t have any symptoms, please ask a friend or family member to take them to school.

- Thoroughly cook meat and eggs.

- Avoid unprotected contact with live wild or farm animals.

This article was compiled on 3rd February 2020, based on GOV.UK and NHS websites updated on the 2nd February 2020.

Advice for Licensees

Government Guidance assures that the current evidence shows that most cases appear to be mild, stating “those who have died in Wuhan appear to have had pre-existing health conditions”.

As the virus is a respiratory illness, it is important that you encourage staff not to come to work if they have any symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty breathing).

If you are worried about yourself, staff, customers or guests, call 111 to speak to an NHS adviser. They will be able to discuss any concerns with you and give you the best advice for your situation.

If you know anyone who has recently returned from Wuhan (or other parts of China), recommend that they follow the same instructions listed above.

We must reiterate, that calling 111 (or calling your GP if in Northern Ireland) is the best option should you experience any symptoms, do not visit your GP directly if you think you could have Coronavirus.

To prevent further spread of viruses or infections, encourage staff to be vigilant with health and safety protocol.

Coughing into the crook of your elbow or tissue is a far better option than into your hands, as it means that germs are less likely to be spread to door handles or other surfaces.

Handwashing should be carried out regularly and thoroughly, especially after sneezing and coughing.

Meat and eggs should be properly stored and cooked, in accordance with usual Health and Safety Standards.


This article was written on 3rd February 2020, please visit the following websites for regularly updated information to ensure you are up to date: