Everyone will be aware of the current Coronavirus crisis that is affecting communities throughout Scotland, the UK, and the majority of the developed world.

Events have started to really gather pace over the past few days but we still face many uncertainties.  We are continuing to monitor events and assess any impact on our planned activities, as well as the effect on our members, particularly those most vulnerable in our communities.

It is very difficult to try and predict how things will develop over the coming days, weeks and months.  With regards to our parades and events, we are watching how things are developing and will take appropriate actions.  The health and wellbeing of everyone in society will be our main priority and this will influence the decisions we make throughout this difficult period.  Like many others, we are watching the news continuously and taking note of the advice from the health and scientific communities and that from both the UK and Scottish Governments.

We can expect a difficult period ahead.  Our faith and Orange culture is something that should guide us at this time.  In particular, we need to look after each other and offer any help and support that we can to anyone who may need it in the community.  There may be elderly neighbours who decide to isolate themselves and we should ask if there is anything we can do to help them, such as shopping or running an errand.  There may be others who suffer financial distress due to the impact of the virus and we should look to see if we can support them if we can.  And of course, we need to keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers, people of all communities right throughout the world.

We should also do what we can to delay the spread of the Coronavirus and I would point you to the advice from the Scottish Government which can be found here – https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

Finally, please do everything you can to stay safe, help others, but stay healthy.

Jim McHarg