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Covid-19 club guidance updated 24 February 2022

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With the lifting of all remaining legal requirements around Covid-19 in England from 24 February, we have updated our Covid guidance for the rest of the UK. While archery can go ahead - indoors and outdoors - there are still some remaining limits and recommendations to be aware of.

February 2022 updates

  • England – Archery can continue to take place without restrictions on numbers attending or distancing of targets.
  • Scotland – Scotland’s legal Covid-19 restrictions, including the wearing of face coverings, will end on 21 March. For more information visit this page.
  • Wales – Wales’ remaining Covid laws – including on face coverings and self-isolation – could be removed by the end of March if public health conditions continue to improve. Full guidance available here.
  • Northern Ireland – All of Northern Ireland’s remaining Covid-19 restrictions have been revoked with the wearing of face coverings now being suggested as guidance only. For more information visit this page.
  • Guernsey, Jersey & Isle of Man – Archery can take place without restrictions on numbers attending or distancing of targets.

Indoor Archery:

In England, Northern Ireland and Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man there is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. However, Archery GB supports any member who wishes to wear one or any club which wishes to ask members to wear them while indoors and not actively shooting. Please note, people who are medically exempt or under 11 should not be asked to wear a face covering.

We continue to recommend washing hands or using sanitiser as well as cleaning shared equipment regularly.

Clubs may wish to consider ventilation for indoor venues to let fresh air in.

While in some nations there is no longer a need to test or self-isolate, if you have Covid symptoms we would ask you to consider not attending your club to protect vulnerable members and their families.

Can we insist club members or beginners are vaccinated? 

It’s not a statutory requirement to have had a Covid-19 vaccine or take a test to participate in sport and physical activity, and this is also not part of Archery GB’s Covid-19 guidance.

Sport England have created a document, specifically on the issues arising from vaccinations and whether providers can stipulate participants must have been vaccinated. You can access this here. In summary while a participant cannot legally be refused entry to a sport based on vaccination status it is acceptable for a club to ask if someone has been vaccinated and implement other safety measures to reduce risk such as mask wearing and ventilation.

Making vaccinations mandatory for participants would be a disproportionate response, particularly where the government has, and Archery GB has, given a general go ahead to participation, and also the nature of the sport of archery, where social distancing can effectively take place unlike other sports.

Club Support

Should you need any support or clarification then contact your Regional Development Officer or email membership@archerygb.org.

Facility Issues

Some clubs are unable to open because they are shooting on an education ground. Whilst we recognise the issues that schools are overcoming, we are aware some clubs have been able to return to shooting. We have created a letter template that clubs may wish to use to gain confidence that archery could return with minimal impact on the schools, its pupils and staff. Click here for more.

Additional Resources

Sport England has been updating and adding to the guidance that they first published last year.

In particular:

Mental Health

Some people may be excited about returning to work, sessions and facilities, however many will be returning to play with poorer mental health due to coronavirus (Mind, 2020).

Mind – a charity who won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect – have developed two handy guides: one to help individuals prepare for participation, and one to equip the sport and physical activity sector with tools and information to support the mental health of staff, volunteers and participants.

Funding

Competition

For further information on Archery GB’s return to competition (updated for 2021) please visit this page.

International travel and domestic competitions

All athletes / staff travelling internationally will be tested before they travel and on return. They will also follow Covid safe protocol including the wearing of masks, regular hand washing and social distancing.

On return to the UK there are different rules for self isolation depending on the home nation they are returning to. Please see the document ‘Elite Archery Guidance’ for more information.

This document also defines what an elite athlete is for the purposes of travel regulations and exemptions.

If an elite athlete has returned from an international competition they will inform the tournament organisers if they are entering a domestic competition during their isolation period. It will be at the organisers’ discretion as to whether they accept the entry.

All tests are recorded and submitted through the government testing scheme.

If international athletes wish to train at their local club, they will speak to club officials to discuss their requirements and look to train at quieter times to minimise any risks to members.

Documents

Part 6 – Supporting Disabled Archers v5.01
Guidance for Delivering Archery Instructor and Coaching Courses
Complying with the Restrictions – Letter from AGB