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Coronavirus update - 17 March 2020

17 March, 2020

British Transport
Police Federation
March 17, 2020

Coronavirus update - 17 March 2020

Firstly, thank you for your commitment through these difficult and unsettling times. The situation regarding coronavirus is changing rapidly so we're closely monitoring official advice and working with the Force as it responds to demands.

As a Federation, our priority is to direct our support and services to those who need it most.

If you have already self-isolated, or end up doing so, and you have limited support available from friends and family, please contact your local Federation reps. Contact details are available on the website and via the app. I have been in touch with all of our reps today and if we can assist, we will.

I know some of us will be feeling anxious and so it's crucial we seek out official sources of information; sadly, we live in an era where misinformation is shared readily, especially online.

To assist in keeping you informed, I and our Deputy General Secretary are in daily contact with the Force. We are participating in various conference calls and have raised several issues on your behalf that we're awaiting answers on including the issuing of PPE, training, methods of working, and the potential impact of school closures. We will update you when we have responses.

In terms of the guidance BTP has issued so far, we are satisfied they are following the advice issued by the government and Public Health England. You can read the guidance in full here, but in short: if you have symptoms/are infected you must self-isolate for 7 days and if someone in your household has symptoms/is infected then you must isolate for 14 days.

In both of these situations you must inform BTP through the normal process. If you fit within the group of people who are vulnerable or at risk due to underlying medical conditions then you must inform the Force, line mangers and OH.

For those of us who don't fit into the above categories it is essential that we still attend work and do our duty to protect and serve the travelling public and the rail industry.

We will continue to monitor official advice closely, maintain regular contact with the Chief Officer team and keep you updated each time we receive new information. We ask that you keep checking the Force intranet for updates and speak to your line managers in the situations outlined above.

Once again, thank you for your dedication.

*symptoms graphic source: NHS England