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Reaseheath College has cancelled all equine events and competitions at its centre in Nantwich until further notice.

And local care home group Belong has closed some of its core facilities in a bid to protect residents from the Coronavirus.

Reaseheath has also cancelled its March 23 degree open day, postponed assessment centres and moved to telephone interviews for prospective students.

A spokesperson said: “The college and its university centre continues to follow Government advice and remains open but has put in place extra precautions including cashless payments in restaurants, improved hand washing facilities at the access to food areas and reduced seating capacity allowing more space between students.

“On-line study is being prepared for students and staff are preparing to work from home if necessary.”

Meanwhile, care village Belong Crewe, one of seven in the group, has closed its core facilities to all but essential visitors to safeguard residents and carers.

Belong Crewe, on Brookhouse Drive, says only visitors classified as “significant to residents’ life plans” and “imperative to their wellbeing” will be allowed in.

This includes health workers and designated family members.

Belong deputy chief executive, Tracy Paine, said: “This is an unprecedented time for the care sector and requires actions to protect those within our care, whilst ensuring that they are not completely isolated from the rest of society or from their loved ones.

“Those people still able to visit Belong will be screened in the village’s reception areas, before being allowed access, and there are robust hand hygiene and monitored infection control procedures in place to bolster an already stringent cleaning regime.

“We are also looking at ways to support people remotely in the community and those in the independent living apartments within our villages for as long as is necessary.

“Additionally, colleagues will also be protected and monitored to ensure their wellbeing during this important time.”

Organisers of Nantwich Show, scheduled to be held on Wednesday July 29, say they are monitoring the situation and will make a decision in May.

Chair of Nantwich Agricultural Society Michael John Parkin said: “We appreciate that as the situation develops, it may raise some concerns or questions about this year’s Nantwich Show and International Cheese Awards.

“As the event is still over four months away, we are currently continuing with our planning and preparations as usual and are grateful for the ongoing support of our exhibitors, stewards, sponsors and local community.

“Along with many others across the country, we are desperately hoping that the circumstances closer to the time will be positive and that the Show will go ahead as usual.

“As always, the safety of everyone involved is our number one priority and any decisions we make will reflect all the current advice available to us at the time.

“We will make a final decision or a further announcement by the end of May but please be assured that any payments for tickets and sponsorship will be refunded in the event of cancellation.

“Tickets and trade stands are still available via our website, and we are grateful for everyone’s continued support.”

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