We welcome the Scottish Government announcement yesterday of the latest planned moves through the route map process for exiting lockdown, and the commitment to restart sport at all levels. We have updated our detailed guidance with this information in the following documents:
Phase 3 – updated 31 July 2020 – Guidance for Coaches/Jog Leaders
Phase 3 – updated 31 July 2020 – Guidance for Clubs/Jogging Groups
Phase 3 – updated 31 July 2020 – Guidance for Athletes/Joggers
Phase 3 = updated 31 July 2020 – Guidance for Facilities
The key changes and indicative dates are as follows:
Thursday 30 July
- Self-isolation: The self-isolation period has been extended to 10 days for those in the community that have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or a positive test result.
Saturday 1 August
- Shielding: Those shielding can undertake sports coaching and officiating (paid or voluntary). This group are already able to participate in sport and leisure activities.
Monday 3 August
- When leading or coaching athletes aged 18+, guidance remains that each group must be no more than five households (including the coach) and a maximum of 15 people.
- However, the cap on the number of households a coach can work with in a day for adults is removed. A jog leader/coach can now meet with more than one group of four households per day.
- Please note that the Scottish Government are currently reviewing this and considering a date for relaxing restrictions of size of groups that can be coached at one time. We will communicate an update when we have the information.
Monday 24 August
- Outdoor contact sport: Organised outdoor contact sport allowed to resume for adults, following relevant SGB guidance. (Currently only allowed for children under 18.). We believe this will enable adults (athletes, coaches, officials) to train, officiate and compete as per normal on the field of play. We will confirm the exact detail when we have the information.
- Live outdoor events: Allowed to resume with physical distancing, enhanced hygiene and restricted numbers, subject to guidance. Please note that small localised competition is already permitted under the sport-specific guidance just now.
Friday 14 September
- Indoor sports facilities: Allowed to re-open following guidance, including physical distancing and enhanced hygiene. The Scottish Government will keep under review whether this date can be brought forward. An earlier date may be given specifically for some indoor children’s activities.
- Live indoor events: Allowed to resume with physical distancing, enhanced hygiene and restricted numbers, subject to guidance. Further detail required to understand relevance to sports events.
At each stage of change, we will update our guidance and communicate updates to our joggers and jog leaders. It is important to remember that public health and wellbeing remains the most pressing priority and that we have a responsibility to do what we can to continue to suppress the spread of the virus and prevent a second wave.
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