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Participation in sport (including shooting) after September 14th

posted 11 Sep 2020, 04:51 by Tony Cattermole   [ updated 11 Sep 2020, 04:51 ]
Members should note the following notice from BSSC:

The Government has issued guidance on participation in sport after September 14. This may be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

The relevant paragraph is 3.16:

3.16 Can I play sport outside? Does this now need to be limited to 6 people?

You can play team sport in any number if this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation and sports-governing body guidance has been issued. You should only be playing team sports where the relevant governing body has published guidance on how to do so safely. For example, the English Cricket Board has published guidance here and the FA has published guidance here. If you are playing one of these sports informally, such as in the park or a private garden, there must be no more than 30 people involved (including participants, coaches, umpires, spectators).

Team sports that do not have approved guidance should not be played if you cannot socially distance from people you do not live with. Instead, people should train together and take part in activities such as conditioning or fitness sessions in groups of no more than six people (outdoors).

When playing sports informally with people you don’t live with, you must limit the size of your group to 6. It will be illegal to do so in a larger group from 14 September.

At all times, you should comply with COVID-19 Secure measures and limit social interaction outside of the sporting activity.

As you will see, any number of participants may take part in a sporting event after September 14 provided that the event is formally organised by a club or organisation (eg rifle club, shooting syndicate), and
The relevant governing body has published guidelines on how to participate safely.

Additionally Sport England has published the following advice:

We have sought clarity on what this means for sport and physical activity, and while social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through return to play protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events such as parkrun, which is due to return next month.

People can also continue to use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools - classes within these venues can continue as they are now. People should not go to these venues socially in groups of more than six.

That's because these sports and activities have stringent plans in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19, and because these venues are classed as Covid-secure given the measures they’ve introduced.

Most Governing Bodies related to shooting, such as NRA and NSRA, have published guidance which is already being followed so we anticipate our target shooting activity will continue as at present.


Derek Stimpson