From today, in England, businesses and venues can hold gatherings of up to 30 people outdoors providing social distance measures are in place and risk assessments carried out. These must be supervised by a responsible person (e.g., a club instructor).
Recently came the announcement that we have been anticipating: a date for the reopening of studios, gyms, and indoor leisure facilities. In England, these facilities are expected to reopen from the 25th
July under the guidelines set out by the UK government. You can read the new guidelines here
. Of course, you will need to get in touch with your local leisure facilities to find out their exact date of opening. The number of students permitted indoors will depend on the size of the studio or hall, given that 2 metres social distance is recommended to maximise the safety and wellbeing of our members. However, in line with government guidelines, you can reduce the distance to 1-metre plus where space is more limited. Please be careful of this reduction however for younger children who may not understand the importance of social distancing.
In line with the government guidelines for reopening studios and leisure facilities in England, we suggest the following be considered. Please also read the guidance and sample forms published two weeks ago on the NAKMAS website members' area, for chief instructors and secretaries. Information can also be used for gradings.
Speak with your venue management to find out their requirements, and work with them to ensure the safety of
everyone you bring to classes.
Consider an online or telephone booking service to find out numbers, and potentially take online or advanced payments. *
Reduce class sizes or increase hall space hired. Allow sufficient time between classes to avoid groups waiting outside during changeover. *
Use floor markings to maintain social distance between students. This might be particularly helpful for younger students. (see advice above in italics) *
Enhanced cleaning and providing hand sanitizer throughout venues. *
Limit spectators and ask for only one adult with one/family of children to come to class (if they can be at a distance: balcony above hall, area with windows to hall etc., even better). *
Perhaps consider one door for entrance and another for exit – where this is possible. *
Keep a register of anyone attending the class – especially important for any future track and trace needs. *
Ensure adequate ventilation before, during and after class. Speak to your leisure centre about perhaps opening fire exit doors in large sports halls (some have alarms). *
Any equipment used must be thoroughly disinfected before, during and after sessions. Keep this to a minimum.
Students must be allowed to bring a sealed water bottle into class as hydration is essential while exercising. *
We would suggest that any young students going to the toilet during a class, are accompanied by a volunteer (to ensure hand washing and not encountering other members of public (within a leisure centre especially). If this volunteer is not
an instructor or well-known parent, s/he will need to be DBS checked.
Members should be encouraged to come to class in their suit, changing at home (covered with a jacket for good etiquette). *
Clean and disinfect the studio space (if it is your own), between classes. *
The studio owner/leisure centre management should take responsibility for actioning a thorough cleaning procedure
and risk assessment for the space.
Instructors should carry out their own risk assessment on the space used. Samples are available on the members' area of the NAKMAS website. *
Instructors should follow the Covid-19 checklist available on the members' area of the NAKMAS website. IMPORTANT *
While we understand that this update will be celebrated by many, and we will all be keen to get back to teaching quickly, it must be understood, that the 2-metre (or 1-metre plus in reduced space) social distance rule will still apply and for some disciplines this will have its challenges. We must become creative teachers; traditional ways might be questioned
for a while at least. If we are to get back to our students, we will need think differently.
Please be aware this update mainly applies to England, for now, although the advice to consider will apply to every region, when the rules change. *
The more preparation we can all do, the quicker we will return, and the safer we will all be. *
Please ensure insurance/memberships/DBS checks are current and in place.
From today organised outdoor sports and physical activity can resume for young people (under 18) – please see local government rules for full details
NORTHERN IRELAND *
Up to 30 people can gather outdoors, with social distance rules *
Leisure centres are set to reopen on 7 August (provisional date)
Social distancing is likely to be reduced to 1 metre shortly
From today organised outdoor activities including sports and fitness classes will be able to resume (exact numbers not published) *
Larger gatherings of up to 30 people outdoors 'only where these are organised and supervised by a responsible person for sports and other leisure activities and classes' are being added to regulations
NAKMAS continues to support its members. We will get through it together.
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