Thursday, October 29, 2020

Scottish Swimming Holding Statement

With the second wave of COVID-19 beginning to take its toll, the First Minister’s outlined the new tier system which will come into place from 6am on Monday 2nd November. Scottish Swimming can provide the following information:

Tiers/Local Authority Areas:

Level 1 - Highland, Moray, Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles.

Level 2 - Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll & Bute, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Fife, Perth & Kinross

Level 3 - Glasgow City, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire, Inverclyde, City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, West Lothian, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Stirling, Dundee.

Travel Restrictions:

The First Minister urged people not to travel into or out of council areas where there are level three restrictions. This means people living under level three rules should not travel outside their own local authority area for anything other than "essential" reasons. This is a change to current restrictions, which were based on health board authority areas.

People living in level one or two areas are also being asked not to travel into a level three area, except for essential purposes.  ‘Essential purposes’ can include work, education, outdoor exercise, healthcare or caring responsibilities, and essential shopping.

Awaiting further clarification:

Unfortunately Scottish Swimming has not yet been provided with new guidance about what this latest tier structure means for sport, but we have specifically asked sportscotland and the Scottish Government about members travelling to pools to take part in organised club sessions and we see continued access to pools and training sessions as key, for not only our physical but our mental health.

We have also challenged directly Scottish Government and sportscotland on the current restrictions around adult group indoor activity and we are hopeful that changes will be part of any updated Government guidance for sport. Such guidance is still being developed by the Scottish Government, and we will share what this means for aquatics as soon as possible.