UPDATE: COVID GUIDANCE 19/07/2021
As pandemic restrictions ease across the Home Nations, we want to give our members, clubs and event hosts as much information and guidance as possible.
Whilst this is a little complicated by the fact that each Home Nation is moving at a slightly different pace in terms of relaxation of rules, generally we are returning to a situation where all forms of sport, physical activity and events will be permitted in the coming weeks.
A lot of the restrictions are changing from law, where you could previously have been fined for breaching the rules, into a more advice and guidance-based position where governments are recommending people behave in a certain way.
In the table below, we have set out how this guidance could be applied in Taekwondo club and Taekwondo event settings in England, should coaches, venues or event hosts choose to continue applying some Covid security measures.
However, we must stress, these are for individual clubs, venues and event hosts to decide whether to implement.
After another week of worrying increases in Covid cases, the Westminster government announced further restrictions and some local lockdowns, most recently in the North East.
This has been followed by the now usual round of confusion, and misleading noise in the media and on social media.
British Taekwondo clubs who are operating under our Phase 1 Return to Training guidance and within a Covid secure facility are fine to continue.
The government and Sport England have confirmed that organised sport, operating under Covid-19 secure rules play an important part in maintaining the nations physical and mental health.
The background to the latest lockdown in the North East and references to grass roots sport as a cause, was a local spike in Covid cases found after a large social gathering in a football clubhouse. New restrictions now ban spectators, and social interactions before and after the organised sport activity, not the sport itself. The rules also ban informal social gatherings using sport as a pretext (eg: an unorganised and non Covid secure informal game of football in the park).
We applaud the BT clubs that are doing their best to keep people safe and healthy and remind everyone that we are still on Phase 1 which requires full 2m social distancing at all times during training between people from different households with no hand held pad work or contact permitted.
Keep safe, healthy and positive.
For government clarification click here.