MESSAGE FROM THE ORGANISERS:

16th MARCH

As you will be aware, since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we have been closely monitoring the situation and trying to understand its impacts. As Weekend Coordinators and in conjunction with British Orienteering we have now decided that the British Championships should not take place this coming weekend.

We have commenced discussions with land owners and others to see whether we can reschedule the event to the Autumn. Initial indications are encouraging and further news on this will be made available as soon as we can do so. We will hold off making any refunds until our future plans are clearer.

We regret that we are unable to run the event this weekend and hope to be able to stage it later in the year.

Helen Errington and Andrew Evans


UPDATE FROM THE ORGANISERS:

13th MARCH

INTRODUCTION

As Weekend Coordinators and in conjunction with British Orienteering, we have been monitoring closely the developments relating to the spread of coronavirus infection (COVID-19) and noting the updates and advice given by the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and other UK public bodies.

The UK Government has indicated that “banning large gatherings is one of the least effective measures a country can take”.

British Orienteering and ourselves take the safety of our members and all those involved in organising and delivering competitions and events very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation and potentially introduce further guidance or measures as the situation evolves.

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

The competition is still going ahead.

However, you must NOT come to the British Championships or British Relays if you fall into one of the following categories:

  •  If you have a high temperature
  •  If you have a new continuous cough
  •  If you have been in Wuhan city or Hubei Province (China), Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea), Iran, or the containment areas in northern Italy on or after Saturday 7 March
  •  If you have been anywhere in Italy on or after Monday 9 March
  •  If you have been advised to stay at home by a health professional.

RISK MANAGEMENT

Given the situation the organisers have put some mitigations and changes in place:

  • Recommending that people do not congregate e.g. in club tents, catering, download areas, and for this reason we will not publish results locally;
  • The organisers have been unable to source sufficient sanitisers for all areas but recommend that competitors bring their own along;
  • We request that you take all rubbish away after the event;
  • Change in cancellation Policy as outlined below.

We appreciate that competitors may have some concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID 19) and that some may wish to voluntarily withdraw from the competition because of the uncertainty and risk of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you choose to withdraw and notify us before 20:00 on Friday 20th March 2020 we will refund any entry fee minus a limited charge. If you wish to withdraw please contact the Entry Secretary (entries@theboc.org.uk).

As you can appreciate the situation is changing rapidly and we will keep you informed of any further developments or changes.

If you have any questions, please either liaise with the Entry Secretary as above or email: enquiries@theboc.org.uk

Helen Errington and Andrew Evans

Joint Weekend Coordinators

13th March 2020

UPDATE 12th MARCH

British Orienteering wishes to reassure all competitors, volunteers and spectators that the safety of all those who attend our events is a priority. We are regularly reviewing our processes and procedures and staying up to date on Government advice. As this is a rapidly developing situation, we are reviewing our position on a daily basis and all competitors are asked to visit the BOC 2020 and the British Orienteering websites for any updates on the status of the event and details about any changes we have been required to make.

We have a limited supply of hand gel and wipes that will be available in the marquee but due to current shortages of these items please also bring your own water, hand gel and wipes. We will have tissues and bin sacks for used tissues, please make use of them both but also take home your own rubbish whenever possible.

STATEMENT FROM BRITISH ORIENTEERING

Coronavirus (COVID 19) Update: Upcoming British Orienteering events

British Orienteering wishes to reassure all competitors, volunteers and spectators that safety of all attending our events is a priority. We are aware of the concerns surrounding the current Coronavirus outbreak and are regularly reviewing our processes and procedures and staying up to date on government advice.

At present (5th March 2020), the British Championships (21st – 22nd March) and JK events (10th – 13th April) are due to go ahead.

British Orienteering will comply with Public Health England (PHE) advice, which is available online (www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public), and is subject to regular updates. At present the advice is that any competitor/spectator/official who falls into one of the categories below cannot enter or attend any of our competitions and training camps (unless, in some cases, they have complied and completed the self-quarantine provisions):

  • Hubei province in China in the last 14 days, even if you do not have symptoms
  • Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since 19 February, even if you do not have symptoms
  • other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
  • other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)

For full details of the advice published by PHE, including advice surrounding the areas above, please visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

By attending the event, participants and volunteers represent that they are not captured by the government advice (UK and foreign if relevant) and so are not prohibited from attending the event. In addition, all those attending competitions in any capacity must comply with the advice produced by Public Health England on attendance at public events.

If you have any specific queries relating to this, please contact British Orienteering directly.

This is a developing situation and British Orienteering will provide further updates on the status of all and any events as and when new advice is published or if we are required to change our approach to our event delivery.

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