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Reactivate Gymnastics

It is essential that when clubs are allowed to re-open they able to do so safely by having access to current information.

 

Therefore, we have created this page to help prepare you to Reactive Gymnastics. 

Roadmap update - Step 4

On Monday 12th July the Prime Minister confirmed that England would be moving to Step 4 from Monday 19th July. Below we have set out the information provided by the Government for England as well as our guidance.

 

While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious, therefore the Government are keeping in place key protections:

  • Testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.

  • Isolating when testing positive or when contacted by the NHS Test and Trace system.

  • Border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.

  • Cautious guidance for individuals, business and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:

    • Whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer.

    • Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport.

    • Being outside or letting fresh air in.

    • Minimising the number, proximity, and duration of social contacts.

    • Encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS Covid Pass in high-risk settings. The Government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of this. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating certification in certain venues at a later date.

 

Although most legal restrictions will be lifted at step 4, and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic in the UK.

 

As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk. All of us can play our part by exercising common sense and considering the risks. While no situation is risk free, there are actions we can take to protect ourselves and others around us. Following this guidance will help you stay safe and protect others by controlling the spread. Every action to help reduce the spread will reduce any further resurgence of the virus in the coming months. (information correct as of 15th July 2021 - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-summer-2021-roadmap/coronavirus-how-to-stay-safe-and-help-prevent-the-spread)

 

While legal limits have been lifted, we should be cautious in returning to “normal”. For example:

  • Face Masks
    Although it will no longer be required to wear a face mask, it is expected and recommend that people continue to wear them in crowded areas, or when in close contact.

  • Social Distancing & the number of people we can meet.
    Although we will no longer need to keep 2-meter distance from those we do not live with and are groups are no longer restricted. It is advised that to minimise the risk, whilst cases are rising, we should limit close contact we have with those we do not live with and increase close contact gradually.

  • Venue Capacity Limits
    Although capacity limits for venues have now been lifted, businesses still have a duty to manage the risks to those who are on their premises. You should continue to operate in a safe manner, taking in to account Covid risks as part of your health and safety risk assessments, and taking all reasonable steps to mitigate the risks identified.

Following the confirmation on Monday we have reviewed the new information published by the Government and our recommendations and guidance are:

  • Continue to include Covid-19 on health and safety risk assessments and take all reasonable steps to mitigate the risks. Including:

    • Regular cleaning of surfaces

    • Identifying poorly ventilated arears and taking steps to improve airflow.

    • Ensuring those who are unwell do not attend.

    • Communicating to staff and customers the measures you have in place.

  • With social distancing being lifted, supporting will be allowed to resume from the 19th July. However, we do suggest as we continue to move forward the following:

    • Check all parties (Coaches, Gymnasts, Parents/Guardians) are comfortable with supporting again, and this confirmation should be recorded.

    • You should decide if all participants will be supported or if you will be limiting the number during each session.

    • Coaches who will be supporting the participants,

      • should make sure they have washed their hands before the start of the class and if necessary, before supporting

      • Wear a facemask whilst supporting as they will be in close physical contact with others.

  • We recommend clubs continue to display the NHS Covid-19 App or continue collecting contact details to support the NHS Test and Trace.

  • Where possible have windows and or doors open to allow additional air flow. (Do not prop open fire doors)

 

Many of you have been asking about coaching courses, we will be advertising courses shortly. We are just reviewing our processes to see what if any changes we need to incorporate to them as part of the step 4 lifting and mitigating the risk of Covid-19.

Insurance

While clubs have been shutdown due to COVID-19 in agreement with Bluefin Sport, the insurance has been extended to include video based sessions.