Friday 18th June 2021
The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland
William Ramsay McGhee, OStJ, D.L., Grand Master Mason
I’m delighted to be able to tell you that the immense amount of hard work carried out by the strategy group and the five working parties has been recognised by the Administration Committee. They have given their support to the reports from the strategy group, all of which will now go to Grand Committee to take forward.
On Wednesday evening I had the privilege of attending a zoom meeting regarding Mental Health issues. The initiative has come from the Province of Fife and Kinross as a follow on to their Dementia initiative and is being supported by our Benevolence and Care Committee through Mrs Dawn Oliff. 23 of our 32 Provinces were represented but there will be a follow up and a new fact sheet is being prepared for dissemination to the Provinces and to our Districts. The meeting will also be available to download soon. It is vitally important that our Almoners, in particular, but all members in general can identify when a Lodge member is struggling with mental health issues and be in a position to offer help – the fact sheet will assist in this process. There has also been an offer to extend the Mental Health First Aiders training to any Province that would like to participate.
So sorry to learn this week of the deaths of two past Provincial Grand Masters – Brother Dixon J Drye, Past PGM of Renfrewshire East and Brother Andrew J Mitchell, Past PGM of Aberdeenshire West. Our sincere condolences are extended to their families and to the Provinces.
At the strategy group meeting on Tuesday, it was agreed that the members of the group will undertake a full review of the Covid advice and recommendations previously circulated as a result of the ever-changing political situation. Any changes will be notified to all Lodge Secretaries as soon as is practical.
SCFS Overseas Report
Update for hospitality sector – 3 June 2021
· The closing time indoors can be extended from 10.30pm to 11pm.
· The maximum number of people who can meet indoors is 8 but it is still from a maximum of 3 households. Children under 12 continue in the same manner – they don’t count towards the total number of people but they count towards the households – see hospitality section of the Levels Guidance.
· The maximum number of people who can meet outdoors is 12 from 12 households.
· The numbers permitted to attend wedding receptions and funeral wakes is up to 100, but only if the venue can hold that many people with strict physical distancing measures in place.
· Soft play areas can open as long as they follow the Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the soft play sector
Officers from the Food & Safety team have completed spot checks of a significant number of businesses throughout the Falkirk Council area over the past few weeks, including some with Police Scotland at the weekends. They have reported that businesses have engaged well and are generally compliant with COVID-19 Regulations and Guidance. Where required, businesses have been receptive to any improvements suggested.
extremely important and this was one of the areas that required improvements in some businesses visited. Please refer to the ventilation and air conditioning during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic guidance.
You may be aware there is a significant outbreak associated with a bar in Stirling with coverage on BBC News and NHS Forth Valley. There are also outbreaks associated with a bar in Prestwick and in Fort William.
As around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms we would encourage you and your staff to use the Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing available. You could also highlight the availability to your customers. LFD sites are now available at Falkirk Stadium and Howgate Shopping Centre or you can collect kits from various sites or order online as detailed below.
How to order test kits
· Order online for home delivery.
· Alternatively, call NHS 24 on 0800 028 2816 to place an order.
How to use the test kits
· Instructions come with the kits.
· This short video also explains what you need to do.
· You will get the result within 30 minutes.
· You should take a test every three or four days.
If you have a positive test or any symptoms
· You must isolate immediately.
· Book a PCR test to confirm the result.
· If you can’t go online call 0300 303 2713
If there is a positive case within your business, you need to act quickly to prevent the spread.
If you need more advice please contact your Environmental Health/Food Safety Officer directly or via email@example.com
Food & Safety Co-ordinator