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Tuesday 28th July 2020

BTF Return to Play COVID-19 Health Screening’ Questionnaire and Track and Trace 

As restrictions ease, and we are able to start moving from virtual to more face-to-face training sessions, the health and well-being of our members and coaches is our number one priority. The effective control of Covid-19 relies on people taking individual and collective responsibility. It is the club’s role to facilitate safe activity in line with Government guidance and we want to remind their members and coaches of their individual responsibility so they can make informed choices. As a Committee, we have reviewed the British Triathlon Federation guidelines, appointed a COVID Officer and introduced new procedures recommended by them to keep everyone safe, well and active.

Health Screening
Prior to any session, members and coaches must undertake a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms. No one should leave home to participate in club or coached activity if they, or someone they live with, has any of the following:

! A high temperature

! A new, continuous cough

! A loss of or change to their sense of smell or taste

If you have any such symptoms, they must follow NHS and Public Health England guidance on self-isolation which can be found here. No one who is self-isolating should attend an outdoor sports facility or activity (whether this is club, coached or event-based activity) at all.

Due to lockdown, we know that levels of fitness may have changed, particularly in terms of swimming, where we have been unable to access pools. Please think about your perceived level of fitness and ensure that you feel confident to participate fully in any club activity. It is your responsibility to be sufficiently fit and healthy to participate in swim, bike, run activity. Consider also pre-existing medical conditions and, if you are in any doubt, discuss your participation with your GP.

To take part in any of our face-to-face training sessions, members much complete a ‘BTF Return to Play COVID-19 Health Screening’ Questionnaire. This will be found in This now a condition of attendance at club sessions until further notice.

Sign up: Track and Trace
The opening up of the sport and physical activity sector (and the wider economy) following the Covid-19 outbreak is being supported by the government’s test and trace initiative. Members should be aware that we are currently required by our governing body and insurance provider the British Triathlon Federation to store details of attendees for COVID track and trace purposes for at least 21 days following the relevant session. If someone subsequently tests positive for COVID we will provide names and contact details of attendees to the NHS track and trace service if requested. The sign-up list on the website will be the means of tracking this, so if you sign up for a session and are unable to attend it is important that you remove your name from the sign-up list prior to the session. This is now a condition of attendance at club sessions until further notice.

Training sessions
You can rest assured we're doing all we can to keep you safe. We're limiting training session sizes based on government guidelines, to ensure they can be undertaken with a 2m space between members where possible. All sessions need pre-booking. Sign-on opens 48 hours in advance on the Club website.

We've put measures in place to ensure your return to the water is a safe one. We're limiting the number of swimmers and are asking swimmers to swim at 5 metre intervals to ensure they can keep a safe distance between themselves and others. We have also introduced a 10-minute gap between sessions to prevent any gathering or waiting around in groups.

In our swim and track sessions, we have introduced clear signed to help members socially distance on entry/exit, and safety officers/coaches are always on hand to help.

Hand sanitisers are provided at each session, and we’re asking all members to help keep safe by sanitising before and after training.

We are closely following government guidelines, and currently you don’t need to wear a mask when undertaking track sessions. You are, of course, welcome to do so if you would be more comfortable wearing one.

COVID is affecting all our lives. Jane Bell, our Welfare Officer, and Georgette Broughton, our COVID Officer, will be working together to share relevant hints and tips to support members mental health and wellbeing. If you need further support, additional information is available from Mind.

Ongoing Responsibilities
As a Committee, we will continue to work to ensure our members and coaches are safe, and that we are training in line with BTF and Government guidelines. This has included:

· Appointing a COVID-19 officer to Keep up to date with the latest Government and British Triathlon advice and guidelines on COVID-19.

· Attending the BTF Covid-19 webinar so the whole Committee is on board and understands what is required for us to safely run our Club.

· Reviewing and updating our risk assessments for our training sessions.

· Creating a Club COVID-19 Action Plan and updating it as guidance changes.

· Reviewing and updating our policies for how our club runs (such as the Privacy policy, the Health and Safety Policy and the Infection Control Policy)

We’re really looking forward to starting to return to normal. Thank you for your ongoing participation in the Club and enthusiasm in training. If you do have any concerns about returning to training or feedback on our approach to these new ways of training, then please do let us know. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you out on the track or in the lake!.

chair [at] oxfordtri [dot] co [dot] uk