The EFAA is committed to getting our archers back to Field Archery as soon as possible, but within the current guidance to ensure the safety of all its members.
You will find our latest COVID 19 documents and advice here.
The plea from the Committee is if you have any symptoms of COVID19, please stay home and do not venture out.
For the latest Government advice please see https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
As a result of the announcement from the Prime Minister this evening the following has been posted on the Government website:
Sports and physical activity
Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding arenas must also close. Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.
Further advice can be found here https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/949536/NationalLockdownGuidance.pdf
Many thanks for your help and support with this,
The latest guidance we have received from the Government states
Tier 4 – Stay at Home
You should not travel out of the tier 4 area.
Sports and physical activity
Archery courses may stay open for individual exercise and for people to use with others in their household, support bubble or with one other person from another household. Organised sports are only allowed for under 18’s and disabled people.
Therefore the EFAA Committee advice is that if you are in Tier 4 your club can remain open for individual practice, practice within household groups or two people may meet up but must remain socially distant (a distance of 2meters). There must not be any organised shoots and of course you must have the agreement of the landowners.
All other tiers remain as before.
We have updated our guidance and risk assessment in preparation for the return of shooting on 2nd December 2020. Please be aware of what tier you live in and take the appropriate action.
Please remember do not leave home if you have a new continuous cough, feel hot to the touch or have a change to your taste and smell. If you experience and of these symptoms please stay at home, get in touch with NHS 111 on line or by phone if you do not have access and act on their advice.
Following the announcement last night from the Prime Minister and confirmation from the Government vote on Wednesday 4th November, the EFAA Committee need to inform all members that from 5th November until 3rd December (although this may be extended) all archery courses must close for this period of time. Should this change we will of course keep you all updated.
Guidance published tonight on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november#businesses-and-venues
Your continued support is very much appreciated
As you may have seen there are Government Track and Trace QR Codes going up wherever you go for you to log into with your NHS Track and Trace App. We have advised club secretaries that whilst it is not considered compulsory to apply for a QR Code for their club, it may strengthen their Track and Trace systems. So as a Committee we would ask you, if you have the ability, via your mobile phone to scan the QR codes for any club you are visiting, where they are displayed.
Archery and the Three Tier COVID 19 System 15.10.2020
Government advice has again changed as to what we can and cannot do, this time depending on where we live and on the rates of infection in the area, this is what it means for EFAA archery.
Tier Three – the highest level
If you live in an area covered by tier three you must not travel outside of that area to attend archery shoots or to practice. You may continue to shoot and practice within your household groups and support bubble but only within the Tier Three area.
You must not meet with more than five other people (max group of 6) outdoors.
Organised events (classification shoots) can continue but only with people who are from the Tier Three area and in groups of not more than 6, a “rolling start” must be used.
You should also aim to reduce the number of journeys that you make, avoiding public transport if possible.
Tier Two – high risk areas
If you live in a Tier Two area you may continue to attend archery events, both classification and practice) but not congregate in groups of more than six. Therefore, in these areas a “rolling start” must be used for archery events and people must leave the clubs as soon as they have completed their round.
You may travel to classification events outside of your area but should avoid public transport if possible. You should not share a car with someone not in your household or support bubble.
Tier One – medium risk
If you live in a Tier One area you may continue to attend archery events, both practice and classification. The rule of six still applies and as such you should leave the club as soon as you are able following the shoot and not congregate in groups of more than six.
A “rolling start” is recommended but a “normal muster start” is acceptable if there is enough space to be socially distant from people who are not in your household or support bubble.
In all areas the advice that has been provided to club secretaries regarding PPE and managing shoots; practice, fun and classifications remains in place and will be reviewed as the Government advice changes.
Please note – any archer that feels unwell, is in a household where there is an infected person or who has been asked to self-isolate MUST NOT leave their home and travel to a shoot even if they do not have symptoms. You do not have to show symptoms to be carrying the virus.
Following the success of the trial run at Black Eagle we have now issued guidance to club secretaries about how to run classifications safely. The Committee must stress that restarting classifications is purely at the discretion of the clubs and the landowners, it is by no means compulsory.
Yesterday the Government announced that groups of more than six people may not meet socially either inside or outside from Monday 14th September. The Black Eagle trial Classification will go ahead as planned this weekend, barring any further immediate regulations, but we will have to review the guidance following this latest legislation.
Further guidance will be issued to club secretaries after Monday 14th September.
Our aim as always is to get people back to shooting as soon but as safely as possible.
The EFAA Committee have completed the COVID 19 risk assessment and action plan to get us back to shooting properly.
We have submitted these document to the DCMS (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - Government department), for agreement to allow us to shoot as normally as possible.
If we get approval from the Government we will be trialling our ‘new normal’ at Black Eagle Bowmen at their shoot in September and evaluate if we need to make any changes. Once this is complete the documents will be sent to all club secretaries, for them to use at their clubs.