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Coronavirus Update

British Canoeing will continue to monitor the Government advice regarding the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. 

We would like to clarify that at present no British Canoeing events will be cancelled because of the coronavirus unless the situation changes and we are instructed to do so by the Government.

We take the safety of our members very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as required.

British Canoeing AGM, Stronger Clubs Conference & National Recognition Awards 

With regards to the British Canoeing AGM, National Clubs Conference and National Recognition Awards dinner at the moment there are no plans to cancel or postpone this.  We will be advising people not to shake hands, to wash their hands on a frequent basis and make use of the sanitizing hand gels we will be making available throughout the venue. 

If the situation changes in the next seven days we will contact everyone who has informed us that they are attending and making an announcement via our usual communications channels.

ICF Statement

On 2 March the ICF issued a statement with regards to their events:

General Guidance

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

We advise clubs to keep in regular contact with the owners of your facility, to ensure you’re up to date with their guidance, and make sure you have appropriate hand washing facilities.

Government guidance 

On Wednesday 4 March, on behalf of DCMS, Sport England shared the following information.

The government has published an action plan to contain the possible spread of the virus. 

This advises: 

  • that there's presently no rationale to close or cancel sporting events, but this may change as the situation evolves
  • anyone with flu-like symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering
  • as the situation progresses we might advise the frail, elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions to stay away from gatherings as part of general advice aimed at minimising unnecessary contact with others
  • for those who offer community and leisure services, such as running a local football team or running a gym, hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use. The government is planning to publish specific advice on this shortly
  • there's presently no reason people should stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would

As you are well aware, guidance may change in response to events, so please keep a close eye on

Your preparations 

For those running events, many of you are proceeding rapidly with your contingency planning. Some are just beginning that process in earnest. 

Either way, the following ‘ABC’ may help shape your approach.

There should be no presumption that one stage will automatically lead to the next, but it's sensible to think about the different scenarios that may emerge.

A - As you are 

Our current state:

  • There's no need to cancel or postpone your events at this time
  • Reassure your athletes, stakeholders, and customers, building on the Public Health England principles above
  • Examine your insurance policies to see what cover you may have should the situation evolve
  • Notify British Canoeing if you are contemplating postponing or cancelling events

B - Behind closed doors  

If the government finds it necessary to curb travel or large gatherings of people:

  • This is particularly a possible scenario for spectator sports
  • Be mindful of the FCO advice which may make it more difficult to bring athletes and their teams into the country
  • Examine your supply chain arrangements, particularly for equipment, and explore contingency plans
  • Determine the minimum number of staff required to safely stage an event and how you would ensure their wellbeing and manage logistics
  • Make an assessment of the economic impact of lost revenue

C - Cancellation, curtailment, or postponement 

If the government finds it necessary to impose restrictions which make staging an event or providing a service impossible: 

  • Consider how you would resolve your remaining competitions and conclude your competition, workforce health permitting
  • Consider how you would deal with cancelled sessions, membership etc. Make an assessment of the economic impact
  • Please also take every step to help keep our nation active. Being fit and healthy can reduce the risk of infection in the first place. Think creatively about how we can maintain activity levels in such a scenario, looking out for updates from Sport England