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COVID-19 Changes as at July 2021

Following the publication of revised HM Govt guidance in relation to COVID taking effect from Monday 19th July, I write to confirm that the temporary rules governing shooting outdoors are also being relaxed immediately noting that outdoor shooting is lower risk than many other activities.  The rules affecting indoor shooting will be reviewed by the end of September.

Specifically, there is no longer a requirement to advise John Wilde of attendance at the range, wear gloves when handling equipment, maintain personal target faces (these can be left on the bosses when putting away equipment), targets should in future be set up within the lanes rather than on the lines and more than one member may shoot on a target.  The white hut is now available for use, but we would encourage use of masks and sensible social distancing within all the huts (i.e. limited numbers at a time) as these are enclosed spaces.

Notwithstanding, COVID has not gone away with government policy being framed against the backdrop of high levels of vaccination and other forms of immunity but it is clear from the press that case rates remain high and so we fully understand that members may well continue to adopt a cautious approach to the relaxation.

In that regard, we can advise that:

  • Hand sanitiser will continue to be available in the Equipment Hut.
  • You may continue to wear gloves when handling community equipment and face masks when in company should you choose to do so.
  • There is no obligation to share faces and/or bosses.
  • When sharing equipment, it is recommended that the equipment is wiped down afterwards and hands are sanitised.

However, in addition to the usual rules of shooting that will apply, please note that the following will also be continuing requirements:

  • The QR codes will continue in place on the inside doors of the Equipment Hut and should continue to be used in line with prevailing HMG guidance.  The club will no longer be managing details of archers using the range for Test & Trace purposes.
  • Archers and Members MUST NOT come to the range/club if they show symptoms of any illness but in particular of COVID-19. These are highlighted on NHS Direct.
  • If you feel unwell while at the range, you should tell somebody and go home immediately.
  • If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they’re mild:
    • Get a PCR test (test that is sent to a lab) to check if you have COVID-19 as soon as possible.
    • You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
  • Archers and other Members should notify the club if they develop symptoms after attending the archery range. Mike Huard is the Safeguarding and Welfare Officer, and his contact details will be on the inside of the door to the equipment hut should some unforeseen situation arise. He can be contacted by email on mikehuard4@gmail.com or by telephone on 01473 311885.

This remains a difficult time and I know that views on the wisdom of the current relaxation differ. The government has confirmed its view, but it will affect each of us differently and I know that members will respect the personal decisions of others as we all respond to the opportunity and challenges ahead.

On a related matter, you may be aware that the club recently changed its legal constitution and as part of that we may be asked at some future point to provide details of sporting participation.  For this reason, the club is introducing a signing in book purely for the purposes of recording attendance. There are real benefits from the new legal form, and I would ask all members to sign in to ensure that the benefits to the club and thus the members remain locked in.

Happy and safe shooting,