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Covid-19: Paddling activity in England from 19 July

Updated 19 July 2021

Introduction

The government has issued guidance that applies to England on the four-step roadmap out of lockdown.

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We recognise that decisions that apply to activities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be taken by the devolved administrations. For further information and current advice contact Scottish Canoe Association, Canoe Wales and Canoe Association of Northern Ireland.

Government guidance in England from 19 July

The government guidance remains that everyone should be cautious whilst managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high. Find out what will change and what you should do to protect yourself and others.

Most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 have now been lifted. Changes will include:

  • You will not need to stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with. There will also be no limits on the number of people you can meet.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted, but the government expects and recommends that people should continue to wear them in crowded and enclosed settings, to protect themselves and others.

In summary

  • There are no set restrictions on how many people can take part in sport and physical activity, indoors and outdoors
  • All forms of activities can take place without set restrictions
  • All sports facilities can open. There are no indoor capacity limits, however, venues may put in place some restrictions and guidance for enclosed areas
  • Organised sport participation events can take place outdoors with no capacity caps for participants or spectators 
  • Providers will have a responsibility to manage risks associated with their activity, and so may still apply some restrictions

Sport England Frequently asked questions

New government guidance in England for grassroots sport - issued 18 July

The government has issued new Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) measures for grassroots sport participants, providers and facility operators which includes the following areas:


How to participate safely

There are no restrictions on how many people can take part in sport and physical activity, or on the activities they can do. However, there are some steps you should take to reduce the risk of transmission when you are participating.

Check for COVID-19 symptoms and health conditions - Before attending any sporting activities, all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators should self-assess for symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

If you, or anyone you live with, have one or more of these symptoms you should not attend any sporting activity, even if your symptoms are mild. You should follow NHS guidance on testing and self-isolation.

If you have been informed that you need to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace (or are required to self-isolate in relation to travel), you must do so. 

  • Follow any relevant advice from your sport provider on how to participate safely in your sport or activity
  • Continue to follow good hygiene practices, to reduce the risk of transmission in sport environments
  • Face coverings are no longer required by law, but the government expects and recommends that people should continue to wear them in crowded and enclosed settings, to protect themselves and others.
  • You should avoid sharing equipment where possible and practical, including water bottles or other refreshment containers

Full details about how to participate safely are on the government website


Clubs and facilities

Full details are available in the British Canoeing Covid-19 action plan for paddling activity in England July 2021

All indoor and outdoor sports, leisure and recreation facilities can open. Facility owners can continue to display a QR code to enable participants to ‘check in’ using the NHS app but this is no longer required by law.

Face coverings are also no longer required by law, but the government expects and recommends that people should continue to wear them in crowded and enclosed settings.

Clubs and facilities which offer hospitality can now do so without restrictions such as social distancing and table service. You should continue to follow the guidance for hospitality settings.

Providers still have a responsibility to manage risks associated with their activity, and so may still apply some restrictions that  participants would be requested to adhere to. 

Six steps you can take to protect yourself, club members, volunteers, staff and visitors.

  1. Complete a health and safety risk assessment that includes risks from COVID-19.
  2. Turn people with COVID-19 symptoms away
  3. Provide adequate ventilation for indoor spaces
  4.  Clean more often and regularly
  5.  Enable people to check in at your venue. You are no longer legally required to collect contact details
  6. Communicate and train. Keep all your members, volunteers, staff and visitors up-to-date on how you’re using and updating safety measures.

Full details about how to manage a sport facility safely are on the government website.

Further guidance to open workplaces safely while reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 for sports facilities and providers

British Canoeing Covid-19 action plan for paddling activity in England July 2021


Events, spectators and activity

Full details are available in the British Canoeing Event Organiser Guidance July 2021

Sport participation events and activity can take place outdoors with no capacity caps for participants or spectators.

If you are organising large grassroots sport events, or expect a significant number of spectators, you should review the guidance for events and attractions and follow any relevant measures to reduce the risk of transmission at your event.

You can also use the risk management template to help you plan your event.

In addition to your usual event organisation processes, you should ensure that you take steps to keep everyone safe, and reduce the risk of transmission at your events so you can continue to provide sport and physical activity safely.

Further details about how to provide sport and physical activity safely are on the government website

British Canoeing Event Organiser Guidance July 2021


International travel

Following the government’s announcement on new Covid-19 travel rules for people in England, British Canoeing are pleased to announce that from 19 July travel to amber listed countries is now permitted for non-Olympic and junior sprint/slalom teams.

The existing DCMS elite sport exemption will continue to apply to Olympic sprint and slalom, and Paralympic Paracanoe senior and U23 teams, but the new rules now mean all British Canoeing teams can travel to compete abroad (with the exception of red listed countries), subject to individual event risk assessments.

British Canoeing Non-Olympic and Junior Sprint/Slalom 2021 International Team Travel Covid-19 Policy Statement


Further guidance

HM Government Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread

DCMS - Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) measures for grassroots sport participants, providers and facility operators

DCMS - Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of elite sport

Sport England - Coronavirus information and support