HOPS members should take steps to play their part in containing the Coronavirus, following news that the UK now has a moderate to high risk of widespread transmission of the virus.

HOPS is taking advice from information published by the Government and other national expert agencies and will update its growers regularly as the situation develops.

Labour providers and any farms recruiting workers should adopt procedures to ask current workers and new job applicants whether they have been in one of the category locations within the last 14 days. For those who have, they should be advised to act accordingly in line with the information provided by the Government.

All staff and workers should follow the NHS health advice here and for those who become unwell at work to follow the guidance from ACAS.

Current advice is business as usual for weekly planned activities. Any HOPS members attending a school/college/university or a place of work that is closed due to close contact with a suspected infection, should follow the instructions issued and should self-isolate for 14 days. This includes staying away from a place of work until the self-isolation period of 14 days has passed or a medical test confirms no infection.

Current advice is that large scale events planned for the next 12 weeks can go ahead but growers are advised to start contingency planning in case the situation changes.

General advice

Everyone can help stop the spread of the virus by following these guidelines and sharing this information with your teams.


  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Government advice for anyone feeling unwell with the symptoms of a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath, is to call 111 and take medical advice. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. People should self-isolate for a period of 14 days.

Anyone who has recently returned (in last 14 days) from somewhere with a higher risk of Covid 19 should find out what to do using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

Anyone who has been to one of the locations with a higher risk of Covid 19 in the last 14 days, should find out what to do using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.

As of 3 March 2020, the places with a higher risk of Covid 19 are:

➢ Cambodia
➢ China
➢ Hong Kong
➢ Iran
➢ Italy – only northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini)
➢ Japan
➢ Laos
➢ Macau
➢ Malaysia
➢ Myanmar (Burma)
➢ Singapore
➢ South Korea
➢ Taiwan
➢ Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
➢ Thailand
➢ Vietnam

Keep updated with category locations here.