Covid-19 Update for BT clubs 14th October

Hi Everyone,

Following the round of announcements and news items yesterday, around the latest Covid-19 national & local lockdown measures – we would like to update our club network on the latest developments, since our guidance published yesterday (13th October) afternoon.

As a few of our coaches contacted us to point out, the wording within some of the guidance on the Westminster governments own website and associated links was actually changing throughout the day!!   This has meant that some of the restrictions referenced in earlier versions, and then repeated within BT’s website post yesterday have been amended.

We obviously apologise for this and any inconvenience or confusion caused.  And hope that everyone appreciates that we are all extremely frustrated by these ever shifting sands!!!!

We are doing our best to sift the continuous, numerous, and regularly contradictory guidance that comes from official government sources. The one thing we don’t do is try to over interpret, as it is very easy to fill the gaps with opinion and guesses and we see a lot of that across all walks of Covid life and on social media.

In terms of the many questions surrounding the most recent announcements – we have amended the guidance below to reflect the Home Nation guidance as at 10am today but will update further should more guidance come out that clarifies things further. Sport England & the DCMS are currently putting together a FAQ’s for grass roots sport in consultation with government officials (as many sports bodies are crying out for clear guidelines for our sector).

We will publish these when available – hopefully later today.

In the meantime – please find following the amended guidance as of 10am Wednesday 14th October.

The first thing to appreciate is that we have different rules for each of the Home Nations. And, on top of that, we now have the tiered level system for different areas. We have done our best to summarise this below and make it as relevant to our club membership as possible.

However, always check with your local authority if you have any specific concerns.

ENGLAND  

The Westminster Government has now introduced a tiered system for England consisting of; MEDIUM, HIGH and VERY HIGH COVID ALERT LEVELS, which are detailed below. To check which COVID ALERT LEVEL your area is in, please use the Postcode Checker link below:

https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae

Summary for BT clubs in an area on MEDIUM COVID ALERT LEVEL:

  • You can still run indoor classes provided everyone from a different household is socially distanced at all times as per BT’s phase 1 Return to Play guidance
  • Outdoor classes can continue as before with everyone from different households socially distancing and maximum numbers of 30 including the coach
  • Online classes can continue as per the guidance in the British Taekwondo Club Assistance Pack v15
  • Holding pads for clients or people from a different household is not permitted indoors or outdoors. As this would be impossible to maintain a 2 metres distance

You must:

Wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated

You should continue to:

  • Follow social distancing rules
  • Work from home where you can effectively do so
  • When travelling, plan ahead or avoid busy times and routes. Walk or cycle if you can

Summary for BT clubs in an area on HIGH COVID ALERT LEVEL:

  • You can still run indoor classes provided everyone from a different household is socially distanced at all times as per BT’s phase 1 Return to Play guidance
  • Outdoor classes can continue as before with everyone from different households socially distancing and maximum numbers of 30 including the coach
  • Online classes can continue as per the guidance in the British Taekwondo Club Assistance Pack v15
  • Holding pads for clients or people from a different household is not permitted indoors or outdoors. As this would be impossible to maintain a 2 metres distance

You must:  

Wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated

You should continue to: 

  • Follow social distancing rules
  • Work from home where you can effectively do so
  • Walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

Summary for BT clubs in an area on VERY HIGH COVID ALERT LEVEL:

  • You can still run indoor classes provided everyone from a different household is socially distanced at all times as per BT’s phase 1 Return to Play guidance
  • Outdoor classes can continue as before with everyone from different households socially distancing and maximum numbers of 30 including the coach
  • Online classes can continue as per the guidance in the British Taekwondo Club Assistance Pack v15
  • Holding pads for clients or people from a different household is not permitted indoors or outdoors. As this would be impossible to maintain a 2 metres distance

You must: 

Wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated

You should continue to: 

  • Follow social distancing rules
  • Work from home where you can effectively do so
  • Travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but aim to reduce the number of journeys you make

Please check the latest UK Government guidance for rules on face coverings and general social distancing via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

This is in England only!

 

SCOTLAND BY AREA 

 In addition to the current Sportscotland and SCoT guidance, the following rules apply to clubs in the  areas listed below: 

  • No indoor exercise for those aged 18 or older 
  • Those aged 18 or older can continue to take part in non-contact exercise outdoors only 
  • Those aged 12-17 can now take part in non-contact exercise indoors and contact exercise outdoors 
  • Those aged 11 or younger can take part in contact exercise indoors or outdoors 

 

​​​​These restrictions apply to these local authority areas: ClackmannanshireEast AyrshireEast DunbartonshireEast LothianEast RenfrewshireEdinburgh (City of)FalkirkGlasgow CityInverclydeMidlothianNorth AyrshireNorth LanarkshireRenfrewshireSouth AyrshireSouth LanarkshireStirlingWest DunbartonshireWest Lothian 

 The current sportscotland and SCoT guidance still applies for all clubs not in the areas listed  above. 

 In summary for BT clubs not in the areas listed above: 

  • For those aged 11 years or younger, guidance permits contact and non-contact classes with no social distancing required 
  • For those aged 12 years and older indoor guidance permits non-contact classes provided everyone from a different household is socially distanced 
  • Outdoor guidance permits up to 29 people (not including the coach) of any age to take part in contact and non-contact activity with no social distancing required for the duration of the activity, provided mitigating measures are put in place e.g. small group numbers and limited time together 

 

Wales

Please check if your club is in an area with local restrictions via the following link and please make sure  you adhere to the local lockdown rules and guidance with regards to travel, facemasks etc:

https://gov.wales/local-lockdown  

In summary for BT clubs not in local lockdown: 

  • Indoor sessions for up to 30 people can continue provided everyone from a different household is socially distanced in accordance with the BT Return to Training Guidance 
  • Outdoor sessions for up to 30 people can continue provided everyone from a different household is socially distanced 

 

Northern Ireland 

The Government in Northern Ireland today made the following announcement, which will affect BT clubs for indoor sessions:

In addition to current household restrictions, the following measures will come into regulatory effect on Friday 16th October and will be in place for a period of four weeks:

  • No indoor sport of any kind or organised contact sport involving household mixing other than at elite level;

In summary for clubs in Northern Ireland:

  • Indoor sessions are no longer permitted under this current guidance, which takes effect form Friday 16th October 2020 
  • Outdoor sessions can continue with no contact between different households, provided everyone from a different household is socially distanced at all times and all other Northern Ireland guidance is followed.

 We hope you found this helpful and we will update our clubs as soon as any further and more specific guidance comes out from official sources. In the meantime, please stick to the guidance and keep yourself and your members safe!

BT Team