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British Canoeing Coronavirus update on Events and Gatherings

2 April 2020

In response to the current Stay at Home measures issued by the government on 23 March, to address the Coronavirus pandemic, British Canoeing has issued a further update on events and gatherings, following the statement issued on Monday 16 March.

In the interest of the safety and well-being of all members of our community, it is with regret that we are extending the cancellation of all British Canoeing events and gatherings, until 31 May 2020.

Following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games, selection for the remaining Sprint Olympic and Paralympic team places will not take place in Spring/early Summer 2020 as planned.

The status of all selection processes will be communicated as the 2020 and 2021 domestic and international calendar becomes clearer.

The earliest there will be any resumption in domestic competition will be after 31 May.

This date will be further reviewed to align with further government and public health advice or legislation, recognising that decisions which affect activities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be taken by the devolved administrations.

The extension for events and gatherings is in line with advice issued by British Canoeing on Thursday 26 March that all paddlesport activity should immediately cease on rivers, waterways and coastal areas until further notice.

Stay at Home

The current measures announced by government state that people in the country will only be allowed to leave their home for the following purposes:

• shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible;

• one form of exercise a day - alone or with members of your household;

• any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and

• travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities – and government advice is to minimise time spent outside of the home, ensuring you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

General Guidance

For general queries related to Coronavirus, please follow government guidance. The latest information can be found using the links below:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/