By now you will be well aware of the spread of the COVID-19 disease, which is caused by a strain of Coronavirus. We all have an individual responsibility to look after ourselves, and as good citizens to look after those who are are potentially at risk and those who are unwell. The situation is constantly changing and up to date advice is available through the government websites: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Suggested below are appropriate steps that Clubs should consider immediately:-
- DO regular wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Handwashing facilities should be available and well supplied. More regular handwashing may require more supplies. Provide hand sanitiser, (particularly where soap and water is not available), tissues and cleaning products around your club for members and visitors.
- DO cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze, put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards. Younger members may need encouragement to bin tissues and wash their hands. You can download a ’Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ poster (PDF, 940KB) for your club from the NHS.
- DO regularly clean the club house and equipment. Viruses can live on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time. Frequently clean key areas including computer keyboards and door handles with multi-surface “antibacterial” type cleaners.
- AVOID touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. As above it is important to have an ability to wash your hands and encourage people to do so.
- AVOID close contact with people who are unwell. If club members are feeling unwell they should be encouraged to stay at home and not attend training events, competitions or patrols. Whilst some may want to “soldier on” it places others at an increased risk of catching the disease.
- DO look out for each other. It is very likely that some of our members will become unwell over the coming weeks and these members need our support. It is obviously not wise to risk catching the virus yourself due to close contact with them but they can be supported with phone calls to check how they are doing, doing a quick food shop on their behalf etc. Also consider other mediums by which they can stay involved in club activities such as video conferencing e.g. Skype or Zoom teaching sessions or meetings.
- Manage travel risks. Keep up to date on current travel advice. The Foreign Office has published information and advice on travel safety and the World Health Organisation is providing updated covid-19 travel advice.
- Review travel arrangements. Is travel necessary? Are there possible alternatives such as video conferencing? Maintain updated and clear advice for members travelling.
- Ensure emergency contact details are up to date.
- If asked to respond to a casualty with respiratory or flu like symptoms defer to the specialist teams in the ambulance service. As part of our response role we may be asked to attend to casualties that have suspected respiratory or flu like symptoms. The ambulance services around the country have specialist Hazardous Area Response Teams who have the training and resources to manage a suspected or confirmed case of COVID 19. They are the people to perform the patient contact. There may be rare occasions where the SLSGB team is the only one capable of performing the rescue response. On this occasion it should be discussed with the statutory services in attendance (HART) to discuss the balance risks.
You can find more information on ways you can make your club a safer environment and how to reduce the risk here
National Pool Championships
At present, based on the current evidence, we are not proposing to cancel the Pool Championships. We will be monitoring this situation on a day by day basis and will inform you if this changes.