NAKMAS National Governing Body

URGENT CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION
Urgent Coronavirus advice to all NAKMAS accredited affiliates
URGENT NAKMAS CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
Coronavirus - Updated 01 July 2020
Updated guidance on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England (30 June 2020)

The Government has issued updated guidance on outdoor sport and recreation in England to reflect changes coming in from Saturday 4 July 2020. Includes advice on using sports facilities, personal trainers and coaching, individual sports and travelling for physical activity.

Updated guidance is via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronav...

NAKMAS guidance for members

NAKMAS has added to the secure chief instructors and secretarues Members' Area, documents to prepare members (in all regions) for restarting sport and recreation. There is a general document outlining other paperwork which might be useful. This includes risk assessment samples, a COVID-19 compliance checklist, notice for classes, booking checklist for students and general reminders.

We will also continue to add other links to the members' area which we consider might be useful to you.
Coronavirus - Updated 25 June 2020
COVID-19

MESSAGE FOR INSTRUCTORS AND WELFARE OFFICERS

Government guidelines dictate that a person with asthma or related conditions should not wear face coverings. Please be aware of this if teaching means social distancing less than two metres.


Like the rest of the nation NAKMAS is disappointed that there have still not been changes to the lockdown in terms of leisure centres and gyms opening. Current guidelines which relate to our sector:

England
* Community centres are now allowed to open, but only for: voluntary services, e.g. food banks, homeless services; nursery daycare services, blood banks, indoor markets. Government ruling does not allow them to be used for normal classes at this time.

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Two metre socially distancing will be reduced to one metre plus, from 4 July. This will mean that at one metre, a mask or face covering must be worn. This will help instructors teaching outside to get a little closer to students.

* Two households of any size can meet inside or outside, from 4 July with social distancing. This means you could potentially teach a family of children and/or parents at a time. You can meet up with different households at different times.

* Groups of 6 people can continue to meet outside; we know that many instructors have been taking advantage of this and running small group classes, one to ones and even small gradings.

* Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has said that the Government are hoping to reopen gyms and leisure centres mid-July. We are not sure how likely this is to happen.

Scotland
* The two metre social distance rule still applies

* Two households can meet up outside, with up to 8 people. Therefore, you could potentially teach a family of children/adults, providing you are socially distanced.

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Outdoor sports facilities can open.

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Non-contact sport is allowed outside. We need to be creative but safe.

Wales

* Two households can meet up outside. Therefore, you could potentially teach a family of children/adults, providing you are socially distanced.

Northern Ireland
* Groups of 6 people can continue to meet outside; we know that many instructors have been taking advantage of this and running small group classes, one to ones and even small gradings.

GENERAL GUIDANCE AT THIS STAGE IN PREPARATION FOR RESUMING

* If you own a gym or studio we suggest you start to get this Covid ready, i.e., deep cleaning, paper towels in the bathroom rather than hand-dryer or towels, liquid soaps, contactless card facilities if possible, spraying down equipment etc.

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Update your risk assessment for your classes. You should have one already (samples provided by NAKMAS in the past), but it will need to be updated to include covid assessment, i.e., handwashing/sanitization, cleaning etc. We will be providing samples of risk assessments shortly.

* Gather supplies of disinfectant spray for equipment, sanitizer, and perhaps gloves for handling money.

Advice given by NAKMAS on 22 May which continues to be valid.


* While you are not teaching, it is advised to keep in touch with your students, via newsletter perhaps, social media, messages on your website, phone calls… any way you can. Let them know you have not forgotten them and that you are missing classes and preparing for their return.

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Think about teaching so it can be non-contact (for now); of course, this is not so easy for Judo and Ju Jitsu practitioners especially, but there are aspects of techniques which can still be taught. In fact, it is an opportunity to be creative with our teaching methods, and perhaps open our art to students who are not so flexible or able to be thrown about or practice in the same way as traditional students.

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We recommend no sparring or close partner work until the restrictions end completely. Of course, there are other techniques which can be taught to prepare for these practices.

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Possibly think about splitting large classes, or could they be moved to a larger space, hire more than one badminton court, move outside for some classes?

* Students should be standing 1 metre apart minimum. You will need to be stricter about young students who tend to stand closely. Hopefully by the time classes restart, parents will have practiced social distancing with them, and they will be used to it.

* You will need to have fewer spectators at classes, restricting junior students/families of students to one adult with them. No more family outings to watch classes.

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Perhaps an online payment scheme can be set up for monthly fees, rather than weekly pay as you go. Many members already use this facility.

* If you usually accept cash at classes, perhaps investigate a mobile credit/debit card facility using your smart phone.

* If you have your own studio, consider Perspex shields at reception desks in the same way supermarkets and stores have.

* You may choose to ask parents/students/yourself to wear masks while taking payments.

* Hand sanitizer should be available at classes, for all students/instructors to use on entering the hall, and on leaving.

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It goes without saying right now that handshakes, hugs, high fives, physically altering students should be avoided. The use of cues and the voice has never been so important. If you have students who are hard of hearing, visual cues and good demonstrations are also important.

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If you have access to outside space, try to utilize it as far as possible. Remember to do a risk assessment and ensure it is safe to practice in the area.

* You might want to consider students needing to take their temperature before coming to classes, especially in smaller spaces.

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Of course, if any student has had symptoms recently, or anyone in his or her family, they must stay away from classes. The same applies to instructors, volunteers, or spectators.

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Creativity will be key, both to adapt to new teaching methods, and ways to motivate and keep our current students.

NAKMAS is a full member of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, who act on our behalf as a liaison with Government. This is a statement by the CEO today.

Sport and Recreation Alliance CEO, Lisa Wainwright responds to the latest government announcement which confirms that indoor leisure and sport facilities will remain closed.

"The announcement from government today that excludes the leisure and physical activity sector in England from re-opening the majority of its indoor facilities is deeply disappointing.

"During his statement, the Prime Minister gave no clear timetable as to when these facilities would be able to re-open. Subsequently, the Culture Secretary has publicly indicated an aspiration to re-open facilities from mid-July.

"We recognise this is a difficult situation, however the sector requires clear, consistent communication from government setting out the precise steps which need to be taken – and when – in order to reopen.

"We must be able to work alongside public health experts to resolve any outstanding problems. We are confident that we are in a position to open and if we are unable to, we must understand why and be given the opportunity to offer solutions.

"It is concerning that no further financial support has been offered to help those affected by the continued closure of these facilities and with many organisations already in financial distress, the lack of additional support will have a dramatic impact on the future of the sector.

"We recognise there is a fine balance to be struck and that any lockdown easing decisions need to be taken carefully, but utilising indoor space for physical activity is the only way that many people engage in sport and recreation, including a large number of people who are considered most vulnerable.

"We find ourselves in the middle of a public health crisis to which sport and recreation must be the answer. Yet we are in danger of losing the very ability to support the health and wellbeing of the nation at this crucial time.

"We want to be clear. We are ready to return."
Coronavirus - Updated 02 June 2020
GUIDELINE CHANGES FROM 1 JUNE 2020

(Although there are additional changes from 1 June, the social distancing and hygiene precautions and ideas for change published recently by NAKMAS, will still apply).

These guidelines apply to outside sports (or sports which might be offered outdoors for now). Please read carefully.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-phased-return-of-outdoor-sport-and-recreation

We would especially like to draw your attention to the following wording:

Personal trainers and coaching

Personal training or coaching is permitted if outside and if people are a minimum of 2 metres apart and providing there are gatherings of no more than 6 people from different households.

Under the new social distancing guidelines, which allow up to, but no more than 6 people to gather, parents can take their children to a 1-1 coaching or training session, as long as the gathering does not exceed 6 people. Any sports coaches or trainers undertaking 1-1 sessions should ensure they are complying with relevant National Governing Body Safeguarding Policies and Procedures and conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions. This should include particular consideration for under 18s and vulnerable adults.


As this suggests, you will still need to comply with Safeguarding/Health and Safety procedures and take a full and thorough risk assessment of the environment you are considering teaching in, and procedures you will put into place. In particular you must have space so that there is 2 metres between each person.

For example: have sanitizer available for the start and end of the session, no contact should take place, social distancing must be adhered to, any equipment used should be sanitized thoroughly at the start and end of the session. Equipment must not be shared during a session. If anyone has symptoms personally or within their family, they must not be invited to take part in a session.

Other guidelines will be found on the previously published NAKMAS document.

Competitive sport behind closed doors

This new rule does not apply to coaching, nor to martial arts.

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT THE CORRECT AND UP TO DATE INSURANCES ARE IN PLACE: THIS APPLIES TO CIVIL LIABILITY, INSTRUCTOR AND STUDENT INSURANCES. PLEASE CHECK BEFORE YOU DO ANY COACHING, EITHER ONLINE OR FACE TO FACE, AND UPDATE THEM IMMEDIATELY.
Coronavirus - Updated 22 May 2020
GUIDANCE/IDEAS FOR STARTING TO COME OUT OF LOCKDOWN

As the guidance was being written, changes were and are constantly being made in different parts of the country. All advice is subject to the rules local to you. Keep an eye on the news updates.

Of course, our number one priority is to take notice of Government announcements and protect the country and ourselves. Over the next few weeks and months, lockdown rules will ease, and we should be able to gradually return to our love of teaching. However, things will not be back to the 'normal' that you have been operating under for years.

We offer here some guidelines and ideas for you to be able to still teach and fulfil the current social distancing rulings. If you have any more ideas or ways you plan to return to work, please let us know and we will share them with other members. We are a community in NAKMAS; let us try to help each other to move forwards.

* Many clubs have been teaching online to their current students. Zoom has become one of the most popular methods of doing this. We are now happy for you to take beginner students via private zoom sessions (not public groups). The student/parent will need to undergo a private chat regarding health, safe space to practice etc. as well as consent to completing a Pre-Training Questionnaire, to ensure s/he is insured under your club.

* For some parts of the country, we can now meet with a member of another household in an outside space. Many instructors are now offering one to one tuition and even gradings. Check the rules for your Government though. We believe in Northern Ireland now small groups can be met as well. Changes are ongoing though, so keep your eyes on the news in your areas. Always remember social distancing and usual hygiene precautions.

* Teaching 1:1 or perhaps families or small groups. This can be popular for families and more advanced students especially. It can also be a good way to increase your income as higher fees can be charged if you are an experienced instructor. (see point 2)

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Gradings can be arranged in smaller groups or even 1:1, perhaps adding on a refresher session at the start, again giving your club/group a little extra income. (see point 2)

* While you are not teaching, it is advised to keep in touch with your students, via newsletter perhaps, social media, messages on your website, phone calls… any way you can. Let them know you have not forgotten them and that you are missing classes and preparing for their return.

*
Think about teaching so it can be non-contact (for now); of course, this is not so easy for Judo and Ju Jitsu practitioners especially, but there are aspects of techniques which can still be taught. In fact, it is an opportunity to be creative with our teaching methods, and perhaps open our art to students who are not so flexible or able to be thrown about or practice in the same way as traditional students.

*
We recommend no sparring or close partner work until the restrictions end completely. Of course, there are other techniques which can be taught to prepare for these practices.

* Possibly think about splitting large classes, or could they be moved to a larger space, hire more than one badminton court, move outside for some classes?

* Students should be standing 2 metres apart as far as possible. You will need to be stricter about young students who tend to stand closely. Hopefully by the time classes restart, parents will have practiced social distancing with them, and they will be used to it.

* You will need to have fewer spectators at classes, restricting junior students/families of students to one adult with them. No more family outings to watch classes.

* Perhaps an online payment scheme can be set up for monthly fees, rather than weekly pay as you go. Many members already use this facility.

* If you usually accept cash at classes, perhaps investigate a mobile credit/debit card facility using your smart phone.

*
If you have your own studio, consider Perspex shields at reception desks in the same way supermarkets and stores have.

*
You may choose to ask parents/students/yourself to wear masks while taking payments.

* Hand sanitizer should be available at classes, for all students/instructors to use on entering the hall, and on leaving.

*
It goes without saying right now that handshakes, hugs, high fives, physically altering students should be avoided. The use of cues and the voice has never been so important. If you have students who are hard of hearing, visual cues and good demonstrations are also important.

* If you have access to outside space, try to utilize it as far as possible. Remember to do a risk assessment and ensure it is safe to practice in the area.

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You might want to consider students needing to take their temperature before coming to classes, especially in smaller spaces.

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Of course, if any student has had symptoms recently, or anyone in his or her family, they must stay away from classes. The same applies to instructors, volunteers, or spectators.

* Creativity will be key, both to adapt to new teaching methods, and ways to motivate and keep our current students.

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Do not forget: if you are self-employed, have a tax code and three years of accounts, you can currently claim for a government grant to help financial difficulties. The money will be in your account within 6 days of applying. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

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Lastly, remember to keep your insurances and memberships up to date. We cannot protect you and your members if you fail to do this.

Coronavirus - Updated 07 May 2020
NAKMAS COVID19 - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q Is NAKMAS Head Office still open?
A Yes, we have given consistent service since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

Q What are the Head Office hours during this time?
A Office hours have temporarily reduced over this period: Monday-Friday 10am to 1pm.

Q How will NAKMAS be communicating information during this time?
A We will continue to post announcements and plans on the website, and all social media platforms.

Q What arrangements do you have in place for the safety of staff/volunteers?
A Each person working has their own office, so social distancing is not a problem. Sanitizers and hand washing are frequent when handling post, franking machine, credit card machine etc. Anyone with symptoms will stay at home.

Q Do you have guidelines for members?
A We currently have guidelines for members' keeping insurance current. These are posted on the website and on social media. They are updated as new Government guidelines are announced.

Q Do you have advice for online teaching?
A Yes, see above.

Q As a Chief Instructor, I have worries, and would like to chat them over with a member of Management. Can I do this?
A Yes, the National Chair of NAKMAS has made it clear on all statements, that he is making himself available to all Chief Instructors for a chat, during office hours. Please call Head Office.

Q Do you have a plan for members going forward, in line with the Government's exit plan?
A We are currently working on ideas and recommendations in readiness for the release of the exit plan. This will be posted next week. If anyone has more ideas or plans, we welcome them to be submitted and we will include these for all members' benefit.

Q I am worried that my students may not return when classes restart. What should I do?
A It is essential that you stay in constant contact with your members. Perhaps a regular newsletter either sent or emailed. Regular online postings via your website (if you have one) or social media platforms are crucial. Encourage members to post photos of themselves training, or drawings younger students may have made. Tag NAKMAS to the postings about your activities and news and providing it is appropriate, we will happily share via our social media platforms. If you do not do online, simple phone calls to ask how they are doing, tell them you miss the classes. Do not ignore your members during this period.

Q Do we still need to renew our affiliation when it is due, despite being closed?
A Yes, it is essential that club/group affiliation is renewed at the time of or before expiry.

Q Why should we renew this during this period?
A It is essential as many clubs and instructors are teaching online, either live, or pre-recorded. Many are staying in touch with students, giving advice either verbally or via written methods. Also, if there is no club insurance, the student licences not yet expired will become invalid. Consistent protection of both club and members is vital during this period.

Q I have a problem with accessing some information for completing forms. What do I do?
A You are welcome to call Head Office and we will advise you accordingly.

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I have outstanding student renewals, not yet sent in. Can we still do this?
A Yes, we encourage you to continue your business as far as possible. We are also quieter at this time and therefore can get orders back to you faster.

Q I have been asked to make a DBS application urgently but cannot yet get to a post office. What should I do?
A DBS application is important; please do this just as soon as you can. Call Head Office is you are worried.

Q Can I send id documents to NAKMAS, rather than visit a post office?
A Yes, of course. The charge is £15 to process and return via Special Delivery.

Q If I receive my disclosure certificate from the DBS, what should I do with it?
A Photograph or Scan it and email immediately to sandra.beale@nakmas.org.uk. It should also be shown to either your club Welfare Officer or Chief Instructor for their records.

Q If I do not email my disclosure certificate to NAKMAS within the required 30 days maximum period, what will happen?
A Your instructor licence will be changed to a student licence until you submit it.

Q Which ways can I pay for services during this period?
A As usual, there are many ways to pay. You can send a cheque made payable to NAKMAS. You can use the PayPal link via the website (see next question). You can call Head Office and pay by credit or debit card.

Q How can I submit orders online?
A Please send orders via www.nakmas.org.uk/online-orders. You will find guidance and a submission/PayPal portal here.

You can also send pdf documents to onlineorders@nakmas.org.uk if you can already telephoned to pay for these. Please ensure you put your club code and a note to confirm payment method in the email.

Q Before lockdown, we had a black belt grading. Can I still register the grades during this period?
A Yes, we would love to receive the registrations and get them out to you quickly enabling you to plan presentations when things normalize.

Q I applied for dan grade promotion for May's meeting. Will this still be considered?
A Yes, all applications have been sent to National Management Officers who will be calling to interview over the next couple of weeks. These will then be discussed as normal and successful applicants will be informed by the end of May latest.

Q Can I now submit a dan grade application for the next meeting?
A Yes, there will be another meeting in November and applications can be sent in at any time up until one month before, i.e., by the 15th October.

Q I have heard that Anne Mullender no longer works with NAKMAS. Is this due to the Covid-19 crisis?
A No, Anne had already left NAKMAS before the crisis worsened. She is in regular contact with us and is well. She sends her best wishes to you all.

Q Is it ok for me to stay in contact?
A Of course; we are here for you whatever your worry. You can call during office hours (10am-1pm currently), or email admin@nakmas.org.uk
Coronavirus - Updated 19 March 2020
A message from the NAKMAS National Management Committee

Dear Members

As the Coronavirus continues to impact communities around the world, our thoughts are with all individuals personally affected and the dedicated medical professionals working to protect us. During this time of great uncertainty, we want to send a message of support to our members.

The health and wellbeing of our community is our primary concern and in these challenging times, we must stand together. We are impressed to see the resilience with which our members are facing this unprecedented situation.

At NAKMAS we are working hard to limit the impact of the virus for our members. We take our role in supporting you, your club and/or your business very seriously and recognise the trust you have placed in us as a membership organisation. We want to reassure you that we are continuously evaluating and exploring how we can best support you during this challenging time.

While NAKMAS can only offer limited legal advice, we strongly recommend all instructors/clubs/groups follow the guidance laid out by the Government and the World Health Organisation that all social gatherings should be postponed until a safer time. In line with this NAKMAS recommends that classes, gradings and courses are temporarily cancelled after the weekend in line with school closures.

NAKMAS is in discussions with the insurers concerning the NAKMAS insurance scheme about extending the insurance period over the time of inactivity given that there is little or no exposure during that time.

NAKMAS has also issued a press release asking the government to consider financial assistance for self-employed, freelance and sole traders who don't necessarily have business premises but work alone in the leisure industry supporting, educating and providing sporting opportunities for the public.

Our Head Office is open as usual to receive and process new/renewal memberships, DBS applications and clearances, registration of grades etc. It is an ideal time to ensure Disclosures received are logged at Head Office or perhaps complete an equality module while you have time. Our aim is to maintain our service as far as possible through this unprecedented period.

We recommend you try to keep in touch with your members if you can, a few ideas:

sending out a bulletin with some ideas for solo training, quizzes, information about aspects of training etc
recording class videos which could be distributed
• Issuing homework for junior members which could be emailed back for comments
• Deliver historical and technical knowledge through virtual media


Adult members who have DBS checks – charities like Age UK and local foodbanks are crying out for volunteers currently. Show the community that martial artists care… it may bring some new students when you reopen as well! Send us your stories to publish on social media.

NAKMAS will be regularly publishing any updates to this advice. We are basing all our actions and advice on facts, following information provided from trusted governmental sources, the World Health Organisation and others.

Although I'm the National Chair, I'm not a paid employee of NAKMAS but a volunteer. I myself head the Kent Karate Schools and have been in martial arts for 43 years, a significant amount of time as a full-time professional instructor. I have also Chaired three national martial arts governing bodies during my professional career.

As a fellow chief instructor, and co-founder of NAKMAS, I feel a huge sense of empathy and moral duty to provide professional and personal support to every chief instructor or head of organisation within NAKMAS. My heart goes out to you all; please be aware that you can contact me at any time through the Head Office.

If you need anything from us, do not hesitate to get in touch. We will do our best.

Wishing you all good health,

Joe Ellis, National Chair
For and on behalf of the
NAKMAS National Management Committee

Click here to view the NAKMAS press release dated the 19 March 2020

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Coronavirus - Updated 17 March 2020
NAKMAS is mindful of the growing concern among chief instructors within NAKMAS with regards to the Coronavirus.

We, as martial artists, know the importance and benefits of regular training within martial arts, e.g. physically and mentally, and NAKMAS is encouraging and supporting NAKMAS accredited affiliates in continuing to run their classes during this difficult period if possible. NAKMAS is not, at this stage, advocating the closure or suspending martial arts classes during this epidemic. However, NAKMAS will continue to monitor the situation and we will advise our affiliates accordingly. In this respect, members and affiliates are encouraged to visit this page frequently for regular updates and of course take note of any Government guidelines as a priority. Insurance cover and legal protection remains the same during this period.

The difficulty for martial arts and sporting classes arises if leisure/community centres or facility providers decide to close their centres or halls during this crisis. In this respect, this is very little you can do other than to seek another hall as a temporary measure if you still want to continue.

NAKMAS advises that grappling and throwing should stop and concentrate on other aspects of the syllabus. This could provide an excellent opportunity to deliver theory, e.g. history and technical discussions.

Of course, use your common sense: no shaking hands, high fives, hands on partner work. Students and instructors to wash/sanitize their hands before and after class, after money handling etc.

NAKMAS has been made aware that one chief instructor has been infected with the coronavirus. He is now isolated and one of his instructors is continuing to run all his classes in his absence. This is commendable and our support for him and his family is sincerely offered.

NAKMAS is also aware that several affiliates that have suspended their classes and are creating Facebook Groups in order to continue teaching and offering online tuition. Whilst this can assist, NAKMAS is strongly advising that such Facebook Groups is set as a 'private groups' and only allow club members access it to. Public Groups are far too risky and members privacy and security should be at the forefront of all minds of all chief instructors.

This link provides government updates:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

Sky News seem to offer a well-balanced discussion and updates with regards to the current crisis. You can view Sky News online for free, via the following link:

https://news.sky.com/topic/live-7029

Top right of the page is a red tab marked; 'Watch Live'. This provides an excellent platform for viewing.

Sadly, social media are delivering a huge amount of 'fake news' and NAKMAS strongly suggesting viewing government and NHS websites rather than social media. Indeed, the public have witnessed some respected television broadcasters panicking the public unnecessary.

Please be aware that the Prime Minister is advised every day by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Officer. Both have large competent teams around them; they are not simply devising policy over coffee in 'Starbucks'. They are well respected individuals that want to help the public and save lives. Let's allow them to do their job.

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Coronavirus - Updated 05 March 2020
Recently the Government published an action plan to contain the possible spread of the coronavirus.

Your preparations

Many of you are proceeding rapidly with your contingency planning. Some are just beginning that process in earnest.

Either way, the following 'A B C' may help shape your approach. There should be no presumption that one stage will automatically lead to the next, but it is best practice to think about the different scenarios that may emerge.

A: As you are. Our current state.

  • There is no need to cancel or postpone your events or classes at this time;
  • Reassure your athletes, stakeholders, and members, building on the latest Public Health England advice;
  • Remain mindful of guidance on infection control in the workplace - catch it, kill it, bin it;
  • Take sensible steps to discourage club/group staff with flu-like symptoms from coming to work or to a class;
  • Notify the DCMS sport team if you are contemplating postponing or cancelling events - sportsCOVID19@culture.gov.uk
B: Behind closed doors If the Government finds it necessary to curb travel or large gatherings of people, this is particularly a possible scenario for spectator sports.

  • Consider broadcast options and contractual arrangements, if relevant;
  • Be mindful of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice which may make it more difficult to bring athletes and their teams into the country;
  • Examine your supply chain arrangements, particularly for equipment, and explore contingency plans;
  • Determine the minimum number of staff required to safely stage an event and how you would ensure their wellbeing and manage logistics;
  • Make an assessment of the economic impact of lost revenue and share this analysis with the DCMS Sport team - sportsCOVID19@culture.gov.uk
C: Cancellation, curtailment, or postponement if the Government finds it necessary to impose restrictions which make staging an event or providing a service impossible.

  • Consider how you would resolve your remaining fixtures and conclude your competition, workforce health permitting;
  • Consider how you would deal with cancelled classes, membership, season tickets etc. Make an assessment of the economic impact of lost revenue and share this analysis with the DCMS Sport team.
  • Please also take every step to help keep our nation active. Being fit and healthy can reduce the risk of infection in the first place. Think creatively about how we can maintain activity levels in such a scenario.
Latest government guidance

The following tailored advice for our sector has been developed. This advises:

  • There is presently no rationale to close or cancel sporting events or classes, but this may change as the situation evolves, so please keep a close eye on Gov.uk.
  • Anyone with flu-symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering;
  • For those hosting sporting events, whatever the size, attendees and participants should stay up to date on the government's latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, which is here;
  • As the situation progresses advice may follow for the frail, elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions (to be defined) to stay away from gatherings as part of general advice aimed at minimising unnecessary contact with others;
  • For those travelling to sporting events overseas, the Foreign Office's travel advice should be followed here and travellers should note that apart from the countries and territories named in that advice, the government is not presently advising against travel to anywhere else;
  • For those who offer community and leisure services, such as running a local martial arts group or running a gym; hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use. The government is planning to publish specific advice on this shortly;
  • There is presently no reason people should stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would;
The NAKMAS National Governing Body would like to reiterate the importance of following advice from Public Health England and Gov.uk when you have queries relating to the impact of coronavirus. Hopefully the guidance above will have answered many of your questions.

As we all know, martial arts, sport and activity play a vital role in maintaining health and wellbeing, and NAKMAS will provide further updates when appropriate.

The NAKMAS insurance schemes are fully operative, providing you follow the advice outlined above.

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Office Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am until 3pm

While there is a member of staff or Management available as far as possible, during office hours, there are times when we use an intimate call centre. This is mostly first thing, last thing, at lunchtimes or in times of sickness or leave. If you leave them your name, club code, contact number and a brief message, we will endeavour to return your call as soon as we are available. Alternatively you can drop us an email to which we can respond instead.