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Covid-19 club guidance updated 29 April 2022

Male archer shooting outdoors

With the lifting of all remaining legal requirements around Covid-19 in England, we have updated our Covid guidance for the rest of the UK where some rules have been replaced with recommendations from 1 April.

March 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, ended on 18 April. The Scottish government is still recommending people wear masks in crowded indoor places. For more information visit this page.
  • Wales – Wales’ remaining Covid laws – including on face coverings and self-isolation – were scrapped on 28 March. Mask wearing is still required in health and social care settings and businesses have been asked to conduct risk assessments taking reasonable measures to limit the spread of the virus, which could include two-metre social distancing and controlled entry. 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  • Northern Ireland – All of Northern Ireland’s remaining Covid-19 restrictions have been revoked with the wearing of face coverings now being suggested as guidance only.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:

Across the UK and Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man there is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering while in an indoor sports setting. 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 the law around testing and self-isolating has been replaced with guidance, 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.

Documents

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