Covid-19 club guidance

Archer and target

On this page you will find guidance for clubs and archers on the return to archery. The latest documents are available to download from the bottom of this page.

While restrictions have been lifted across most of the UK, archery clubs and coaches can still find all of the latest guidance documents if they still wish to follow them.

What is the guidance in England and Wales?

In Wales from 17 July there are no restrictions on numbers attending outdoor venues or events. Indoor sport for up to 200 standing can take place, subject to a risk assessment and taking reasonable measures. Face coverings are still mandatory for most indoor public places and on public transport.

In England from 19 July all restrictions are being lifted on numbers for both indoor and outdoor sport. The requirement to wear face coverings is being removed although some businesses have said they will continue to ask people to wear them and they will remain mandatory on public transport in London.

What is the guidance in Northern Ireland and Scotland?

In Northern Ireland, guidance will remain that social distancing is recommended at 2m where possible, and if not a minimum of 1m for indoor events. Face coverings are compulsory in many areas and this will be reviewed in mid-August.

Scotland uses a level system and is at Level 0. You should maintain 1m social distancing and wear a face covering.

What about the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man?

Guernsey remains in Recovery Stage 3 with social, recreation and business activity able to take place. There is no requirement for social distancing or face coverings.

Ministers have delayed Stage 7 of Jersey’s Reconnection Roadmap and announced new guidance for all islanders on isolation, direct contacts and how to protect the community.

There are no on-island restrictions for the Isle of Man.

Club Support

Should you need any support or clarification then please read our FAQs (download below), or email

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

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, 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.



For further information on Archery GB’s return to competition (updated for 2021) please visit this page.

International travel and domestic competitions

All athletes / staff travelling internationally will be tested before they travel and on return. They will also follow Covid safe protocol including the wearing of masks, regular hand washing and social distancing.

On return to the UK they may be required to self-isolate for 10 days, aside from when competing / training or providing support for an elite sport event. Athletes and staff will take a PCR test on day 2 and 5 of their isolation. If they take an additional test on day 5 – which is negative – the isolation ends under the ‘test to release’ scheme.

If an elite athlete has returned from an international competition they will inform the tournament organisers if they are entering a domestic competition during their isolation period. It will be at the organisers’ discretion as to whether they accept the entry.

All tests are recorded and submitted through the government testing scheme.

If international athletes wish to train at their local club, they will speak to club officials to discuss their requirements and look to train at quieter times to minimise any risks to members.


FAQ’s Archery GB Guidance Updated 21 May
Club Covid Risk Assessment Template (March 2021)
Summary Archery Covid Restrictions ENGLAND Updated 17 May
Summary Archery Covid Restrictions WALES Updated 7 June
Return to Archery – England March 2021 slides
Part 6 – Supporting Disabled Archers v5.01
Guidance for Delivering Archery Instructor and Coaching Courses
Complying with the Restrictions – Letter from AGB