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COVID-19 Update: Guidance for Paddlesport Centres and Hire Providers

11 June 2020, updated 30 June 2020

Introduction

Further to the advice issued by British Canoeing on 12 May 2020 about a return to paddling and new guidance released by the government on 1 June, we can provide additional guidance for paddlesport centres and hire providers in England.


This confirms that in addition to facilities associated with outdoor sports being permitted to re-open from 13 May, (subject to them being ready to do so safely) from 1 June groups of six are now permitted to meet, subject to social distancing restrictions being met.

Coaching, leadership and instruction within outdoor sports facilities can increase their ratio from 1:1 to 1:5 following the 2 metre social distancing guidelines.

From 4 July, social interactions should be limited to two households (a support bubble counts as one household) in any location; or, if outdoors, potentially up to six people from different households. It will be against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place. 

Premises or locations which are COVID-19 Secure will be able to hold more than 30 people, subject to their own capacity limits, although any individual groups should not interact with anyone outside of the group they are attending the venue with - so in a group no larger than two households or six people if outdoors.

Social distancing guidelines should be followed between people from different households wherever possible. From 4 July, this means a distance of 2m between people from different households, or 1m plus mitigations (such as face coverings or avoiding face-to-face contact) where 2m is not possible.

British Canoeing welcomes that restrictions are starting to be lifted and would like to thank all centres and hire providers for responding so responsibly during this lockdown period.

This guidance should be read in conjunction with documents issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport published on the 1 June 2020 updated on 30 June and 

guidance from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs COVID-19 (coronavirus): using a boat inland and on the coast published on 11 June 2020.

Sport England have also produced online guidance to support sport and physical activity providers called Return to Play


Our priority remains to protect the health of the paddlesport community to help to suppress the spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

We recommend to continue to follow the government and public health guidelines and to stay at home as much as possible. Anyone who is symptomatic or suspects they have been exposed to the virus must not take part and remain at home. 

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This guidance relates only to coaches and leaders in England, as policy and guidance in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is subject to the devolved governments and their respective national governing bodies.

 

Additional considerations for centres and hire providers

Any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities are permitted to re-open.

Each venue should make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready.

Facilities can decide whether or not they hire out equipment, including canoes and other paddle craft. Operators should follow government guidance on water sports and sharing equipment

This guidance emphasises that this is not a return to normal operations.

Before re-opening its facilities, centres and hire providers are required to put in place plans and COVID-19 risk assessments to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

These principles are fully outlined within the government guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England issued on 1 June 2020 and updated on 30 June.

The principles to help centres and providers prepare for a phased return include:

  • Working to ensure the outdoor activity can meet public health guidelines. All activity should be consistent with the government guidance regarding health, social distancing and good hygiene.
  • Centres and providers will need to communicate clearly and regularly with customers setting out what they are doing to manage risk, and what advice they are giving to individuals to do likewise.
  • Centres and providers should be ready to strengthen or relax measures at short notice and are encouraged to think creatively about how best to make activity possible within these guidelines.
  • The limit on gatherings - limited to two households (a support bubble counts as one household) in any location; or, if outdoors, potentially up to six people from different households. It will be against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place. 
  • Premises or locations which are COVID-19 Secure will be able to hold more than 30 people, subject to their own capacity limits, although any individual groups should not interact with anyone outside of the group they are attending the venue with
  • You should only reopen or restart activities as soon as you feel able to do so safely. Until you feel it is safe and responsible to reopen you should remain closed.
  • Booking in advance, online or over the phone is preferable. Where this is not possible, and a venue has staff available to take bookings consider mandating contactless or at least card payment, to avoid handling cash.
  • Cleaning protocols should be put in place to limit coronavirus transmission in public places. It is advised that touch points should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning.
  • Maintaining hygiene, through handwashing, sanitisation facilities and toilets.If you can, wear a face covering in an enclosed space where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
  • Bars and restaurants, including any food or drink facilities inside a facilty can open from 4 July, in accordance with the latest guidance
  • Toilets and through-ways may be kept open, but guidance on hygiene should be followed. You may reopen car parks if you need to.

From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked.

For the latest information on the scheme refer to the guidance.