*Since we published this statement, the government have updated their advice and stipulations. We await further guidance from England Athletics on the implications of this and aim to provide further clarity during the next 24hours.*
(16th March 2020)
At Knaresborough Striders, we are understandably concerned about the developing situation and the wellbeing of the Striders family is our main priority. We have already seen some larger running events being postponed and it is likely that more, if not all, UK events will also be affected over the coming weeks. The situation continues to change quickly. We are also aware that keeping fit and healthy is one important factor in our defences and to that end many of you wish to continue running in a safe form.
What advice are we following?
We are specifically following the advice of England Athletics. Their current state is ‘A: As You Are’:
A: As You Are:
There’s no need to cancel or postpone your events at this time. Reassure your athletes, stakeholders and customers, building on the Public Health England principles. Remain mindful of guidance on infection control in the workplace (catch it, kill it, bin it). Take sensible steps to discourage individuals work with flu-like symptoms from coming to a club or an event.
You can view England Athletic’s full status here: https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/
Our committee has been considering our contingency planning and our first steps are outlined below. Do please bear in mind that taking part in the club’s activities is always your own choice and there is no pressure or expectation whatsoever to attend. Whilst we continue to offer activities, albeit in a reduced and modified form, the choice to attend is your own. If you feel ill (new, persistent cough or temperature), have any symptoms, or have visited a high risk area, please don’t attend. You should stay at home, seek medical advice and self-isolate as per current government advice.
What are we changing?
We are making the following changes with immediate effect:
- Striders will no longer gather indoors for notices and announcements until further notice.
- The different training groups on offer will be publicised via the Website, emails and social media 24 hours prior to the session.
- Walk/Jog/Run Groups will gather separately in the Cricket club car park and depart promptly at 7.30pm.
- Structured sessions, when offered, will meet at the start point announced by the leader (normally Eric)
- News items, announcements and reminders will continue to be provided via the Website, emails and social media. The Run Leader Roster can be viewed on our website (About the club / Run Leader Roster) or by clicking here. You should already be receiving an email at 6pm on any day when new posts have been added to the website. If this is not the case, please check spam/promotions folders and if still not sure contact me.
- Our AGM of 24th March will not take place. We will advise on how we conduct the important items of business in due course.
The committee will continue to assess the situation daily and we will advise regarding any further changes or cancellations to activities.
Public Health England advice
Public Health England (PHE) are recommending that the following general cold and flu precautions are taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
- put used tissues in the bin straight away
- wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See hand washing guidance
- try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- athletes and runners are entitled, should they wish, not to shake hands or have any other form of physical contact with others
If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, have a high temperature or cough, please return and stay at home and call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment. Further information is available on the PHE blog and NHS.UK.
Steve Morland on behalf of the Committee