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Plan B: What the latest Covid-19 rules mean for archery

July 19th 2021
Emma Kasprzak

As the government moves to plan B in England, here's a reminder of our guidance for archery across the UK. People should wear face coverings at all times in indoor venues except when shooting. We also recommend taking a lateral flow test before attending your club to prevent the spread of coronavirus and to protect others.

From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings in England, this brings the country into line with other home nations.

While masks are not required while exercising, you should wear one in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet such as in leisure centres or club venues.

There are exceptions for children under 11 and people with a health condition or disability which prevents them from wearing a mask. Please remember that not all disabilities are visible.

If you are not sure about local rules on face coverings please check with the venue operator.

People should stay away from their club and take a PCR test if they have any of the symptoms of Covid-19. We also suggest taking a lateral flow test before attending your club as a further way to reduce the risk for club members and volunteers.

Finally, we ask you to continue to wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser where provided.

Archery GB fully supports any clubs which wish to continue following any or all of the previous guidance we have issued if it is the members’ or club’s wishes. All of the guidance documents can still be found on our Covid-19 resource page here.

A summary of the latest guidance is available to download as a document below.

Arran Coggan, Director of Participation for Archery GB, said: “The past year or so has shown us how much we value our sport both for physical and mental health as well as for social connection.

“It’s important that the archery community does what we can to allow us to all continue shooting safely while reducing the risk of transmission to others. Please follow the rules, support your club and officials, stay safe and help prevent the spread.”

Support for those who can’t return to archery yet

For those members who are isolating or feel unable to return to archery, you can still develop your skills through our winter webinar programme.

We have also been running Mobility Monday and Workout Wednesday sessions on our Facebook page and YouTube channel so you can keep up your bow training and fitness from your home or garden.

Don’t forget that coaches, judges and club officials have access to Learning Curve – our online community that has a growing collection of videos, articles, micro-learning courses, and resources on a variety of topics that matter to you. The platform also gives you the opportunity to have friendly and constructive discussions with AGB staff and each other.

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