Thursday, October 8, 2020

Latest restrictions and what they mean for aquatics sport

Yesterday at the Scottish Parliament the First Minister announced the introduction of further restrictions across Scotland with additional temporary measures for the Central Belt to try and slow down the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

While the full breakdown of restrictions can be found on the Scottish Government website, below is information relating to aquatics and the ability to access swimming pools and land training areas:

New temporary restrictions affecting Central Belt areas only:

The central belt for these purposes is defined by these Health Board areas, with their constituent local authorities:

  1. Ayrshire & Arran Health Board, comprising East, North, and South Ayrshire
  2. Forth Valley Health Board, comprising Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, and Stirling
  3. Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board, comprising Glasgow City, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, and West Dunbartonshire
  4. Lanarkshire Health Board, comprising North and South Lanarkshire
  5. Lothian Health Board, comprising the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian, and West Lothian

What can still go ahead:

  • Swimming lessons for U18s
  • Club training for U18s
  • Individual lane swimming for all ages
  • Group land training for U18s

Temporary restrictions up to and including 25 October:

X   Group training for over 18s

X   Indoor land training for over 18s

X   Group exercise classes for indoor gyms/sports courts, pools for over 18s

 No contact sports/ training – except professional sports, indoor or outdoor for over 18s

All other geographical areas:

There are no changes to the current guidance around training and sporting activity for other areas of Scotland. Full details can be found on our website under the COVID-19 Hub.

Travel advice:

We endorse the Scottish Government advice not to travel to the Central Belt from other areas and advise against using public transport where at all possible. The Scottish Government is also asking people within the Central Belt areas to think carefully about whether they need to travel outside their local health board area and, where that is necessary, to plan to do so safely.

The above temporary measures come into force at 00:01 Saturday 10th October and will run until Sunday 25th October inclusive.

NOTES:

Adult Group Activity is defined as:

Adult group activity for the purposes of this guidance is activity, involving adults, from more than 2 households / 6 members of those households who take part in an activity on any one day.)  

Performance sport is defined by sportscotland here: Resumption of Performance Sports