Outdoors, athletics and running activity can now take place in unlimited numbers as long as it is within a Covid secure environment (see below) which can be a track or open space such as a park or road. Where a Covid secure environment is not in place, groups will need to be a maximum of 6 including a coach/leader.
Covid Secure Environment
These are the requirements established by England Athletics that we have in place for outdoor training to facilitate a Covid secure environment...
- Covid-19 Coordinator is in place (Jamie McIlvenny, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A Covid secure environment can be any environment. It could be a track, indoor sports hall (17th May onwards at the earliest) or open space such as a park, fell, trail or road.
- An action plan is a document that outlines the process you are following to make your venue and activity Covid secure, and would detail information such as the owner (Covid Coordinator), risk assessments, tracking protocol and communication plans with all members and participates.
- All activity must comply with Government guidance around social distancing before, during and after activity.
All clubs and coaches and event providers must capture pre-activity health questionnaires , including participant contact details which can be shared upon request with the government’s Track and Trace initiative:
- This could be through existing club membership forms, the RunTogether platform, updates to booking forms or sign in processes which we would advise all members complete on a regular basis anyway.
- As part of the club Covid action plan you should ensure any member or participant who has attended a session and subsequently tested positive for Covid completes the UKA Covid-19 tracking form
- Clubs, coaches, and event managers must ensure everyone at the session maintains good hygiene and that provisions are in place to allow for this.
- Sessions that include children and young people under the age of 18 should be meticulously planned to ensure their needs are catered for. Young people sessions should have no more than 15 athletes in attendance. If there are more than 12 young people in any group you will need at least 2 coaches/ leaders to meet 1:12 coach/ leader ratio. See more information on planning sessions for young people on the Department for Education website .
More government guidance can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-Covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation
Before attending your first training session after restart, if possible please complete and digitally sign our pre-activity health questionnaire and give it to the leader in charge of the session. You only need to complete this form once.
Note: If you cannot do this you will still be able to sign the training agreement register before each session.
An England Athletics requirement of clubs/coaches operating training within a Covid secure environment (see above) – which allows for group sizes of up to 12 athletes to 1 qualified coach/leader – is that athletes taking part in sessions have read and signed a pre-activity health agreement prior to any session. Each coach/run leader will ask you to sign a register before each session stating that...
- Athletes confirm that they have not had any Covid-19 symptoms (see below) or tested positive for Covid-19 during the last 14 days.
- Athletes will agree that in the event that they exhibit Covid-19 symptoms in the future and/or have a positive test, they will inform the coach and not attend training sessions within 14 days of the illness/test.
- If athletes test positive they agree to complete the UKA Covid-19 report form
- In the event that an athlete is required to quarantine due to contact/proximity to someone who has been required to quarantine, they confirm they will not attend training sessions until my quarantine period ceases.
The main symptoms of Covid-19 are:
- High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- New continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal