On the 31st December 2019, the Chinese authorities notified the World Health Organisation (WHO) of an outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan City, later classified as COVID-19. This is a new strain of coronavirus not previously seen in humans.
On the 30th January 2020, WHO declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
By the 11th March 2020, WHO declared the outbreak a Pandemic.
The infectious nature of this virus combined with our lack of immunity makes it a potential killer of those who are vulnerable. With no vaccination and no anti-viral medication, many authorities across the world highlight that one of the few measures for slowing the spread of the virus is ‘population distancing strategies’. The impact of this on high streets and town centres is potentially catastrophic, on a level not seen before, even for something that could be short-term.
Following discussions with the Chair of the ATCM Board of Directors and the ATCM Advisory Council, we will be undertaking the following short-term restructure.
The ATCM Board of Directors will, for the short-term, become our COVID-19 Internal Working Group, assessing and responding to the impact of the virus on ATCM and it’s members.
The ATCM Advisory Council will, for the short-term, become our COVID-19 External Working Group, assessing and responding to the impact of the virus on the wider industry, directing our public policy efforts.
Both groups will be involved in delivering the following five point strategy, which will remain flexible as the situation changes.