Good Morning Clubs in the East. I hope you and your members are OK as we go through this time together. British Canoeing have just published more guidance on Paddlesport Activity https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2020/british-canoeing-coronavirus-update-on-paddlesport-activity This email is just a quick note to find out if you need any additional support, or if you are prepared to showcase what you are doing to keep your clubs connected over this time? There are some really good examples of clubs running online exercise classes, Trip planning sessions and group online meetups. Please could I ask that you check your contacts are up to date either through your club online portal or letting me know, having up to date contact information would really help us to help you stay informed and possibly with other areas of support as they become available. The Midlands RDT and ADO have organised a Club webinar to look at what clubs are doing and how we can help each other, would you be interested in us holding something similar? River Dart Land appeal – Many of you will use the land that British Canoeing own at the River Dart and will know that it needs some expensive repair following the winter floods, there is an appeal to paddlers to contribute to the repair herehttps://britishcanoeing.azolve.com/workbench/public/events?ref=444BE5DA2A2ED185A1C928C415072B3ECAFCBEFE If your club or any of your members use the River please contribute to its upkeep. Please find attached the Port of London request to users of the Tidal Thames. If local please can you promote to your membership. There is a useful BBC article on Government advice for help to small businesses that some clubs may need, especially if they have staff or premises https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/explainers-52005137 We are obviously advising all clubs and paddlers to follow Government advice at this time. Government Advice on the Corona Virus is here https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus British Canoeing, Covid 19 Statements are found here https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-updates HM Coast Guard Advice http://hmcoastguard.blogspot.com/2020/03/hm-coastguard-advice-visiting-coastal.html Other links that might be of use:
On the 16th March, the UK government advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus. Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.
After further reviewing the guidance provided, British Canoeing has cancelled most British Canoeing events whilst this guidance is in place.
Clubs are advised to consider if and how they are able to run activities which adhere to the government advice, specifically regarding travel and social distancing recommendations. For some clubs and in some circumstances, club committees might assess that some activities can continue safely. However, the way that clubs operate and the facilities available to each club varies greatly which means that some club activities will need to be suspended for the time being.
We must all act in the interests of protecting the health and well-being of paddlers, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider paddling community. This is also aligned with actions taken by the national associations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and is similar to action taken by other sports.
Where possible, paddlers at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments. The government advice on hand washing and taking steps to avoid coming into contact with the virus remain key.
British Canoeing will continue to review and monitor government advice, and provide detailed updates on the impact to our sport in the coming weeks. We appreciate that the current measures will undoubtedly place our member clubs in a difficult situation and we are working with Sport England, UKSport and other organisations on the best way to help alleviate this. We will update you as plans evolve.
Social distancing and advice
Social distancing measures (such as not spending more than 15 minutes and not being within a 2-metre distance when talking to someone) are now advised not only if we test positive or have symptoms, but in day-to-day life. As well as current travel advice, the current UK government is advising anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature and those they live with need to self-isolate for 14 days.
We should all take sensible steps to reduce the risk of picking up infections. This is particularly applicable to anyone with a higher risk from viruses such as cold or flu. Click here for NHS advice on infection control - it is summarised below:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
- Use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
Click here for the government's advice if you have symptoms.