The government has announced local action being taken in Leicester following a surge in coronavirus cases in the area, meaning the closure of non-essential shops and schools this week.
We’d like to clarify what that means for archery clubs and members in this area. Government guidelines for the city have outlined the details of the lockdown, stating that ‘people in Leicester are recommended to stay at home as much as they can’ but also that ‘people are still able to meet in a group of up to six and only outdoors, provided strict social distancing is followed’. Therefore, within the government guidelines, socially-distanced archery can still take place at the outdoor range for those who wish to continue. Those who are shielding should not take part in archery activity. Due to local travel restrictions it is advised that archers should not travel either into or out of the local lockdown area to attend their club.
Please be aware that this advice may change at short notice, and while archery can currently continue further restrictions may yet be imposed. Further information is also available on the Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council websites, including a postcode checker for the areas affected.
Leicester is the first place in England to undergo a second lockdown, which comes after the city council reported 944 positive tests in the two weeks to 23 June. It is anticipated that other parts of the country will be similarly affected in the coming weeks and months, when local lockdown measures may have to be reinstated.
North West England Local Restrictions (updated 31 July 2020)
An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, and West Yorkshire.
Please be aware if you live in the affected areas and read the rules in full, and specifically be aware that:
- People in all affected areas of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire should not socialise with people you do not live with in indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attraction. This therefore means you should not socialise indoors with people you do not live with.
- In Blackburn with Darwen and Bradford indoor gyms, sports courts and facilities must remain closed by law.
Further information on the areas affected and the rules in place can be read on the Gov.uk website.
Clubs, please be ready to take action accordingly if your locality is affected, and be aware that lockdown enforcement may happen at short notice. It may be necessary to notify your club members quickly of decisions taken by the committee to ensure public health and safety.
Archery GB will continue to update clubs and members with news and guidance through our website, social media and e-newsletters.