Saturday, March 14, 2020

COVID-19: SCOTTISH SWIMMING ADVICE FOR CLUBS

Further to our statement on the postponement of some National Events, we are aware of the concerns of both clubs and members about other competitions. 

The wellbeing, health and safety of all our athletes, coaches, volunteers and the general public is a priority for Scottish Swimming and we are aware that a number of planned swimming competitions have already been cancelled or postponed.  At present, our position is to help support an informed view for Clubs to make their own decisions as to whether their competitions should run by looking at the local situation and the planned conditions.

In reaching decisions about competitions and other activities that might be taking place, clubs are encouraged to consider the latest government advice as follows - 

  • There is presently no reason for people to stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would 
  • Anyone with a persistent cough and, or a temperature or flu like symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection by following government advice
  • For those who offer community and leisure services hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged, and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use
  • For those hosting sporting events, whatever their size, attendees and participants should stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus

Regular communication with local partners, facility operators, travelling athletes and clubs is essential and consideration must be given to those who have concerns about their health.  Clubs should be aware that some athletes, coaches, volunteers and spectators may withdraw from competition at the last minute due to changing circumstances or advice. Scottish Swimming will continue to work closely with local authorities and partners and will support clubs as decisions around the staging of competition are made.

Finally, please follow all the relevant advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, we would encourage you to look after your health. There is no pressure from Scottish Swimming for athletes, coaches, volunteers to attend any organised activity if they feel it will risk their health.

This is an ongoing and fast moving situation and as such any guidance and advice will be subject to further review and recommendations from Authorities.

In the meantime please continue to follow advice and make use of the following online resources for up to date information about Coronavirus:

NHS Inform Scotland website

UK Government Coronavirus guidance website

UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice website - specific to China

UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office website – for all countries

 

The NHS24 Twitter and  Facebook accounts for public health information in Scotland