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Posted: 12/03/2020

JudoScotland continue to closely monitor the advice being provided on the current Coronavirus (‘Covid-19’) outbreak by both the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland.

On Wednesday 11 March, we received updated advice from the Head of the Active Scotland Division of the Scottish Government. This advice noted that at present the current science does not tell us to close venues or cancel sporting events, but there is a likelihood that this will change very quickly as the situation evolves.

The received advice reinforced that the current advice and guidance from Scottish Government is still very relevant:

·         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 their size, attendees and participants should stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus;

·         As the situation progresses we might advise the frail, elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions 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 and Commonwealth Office’s travel advice should be followed and travelers should note that apart from the countries and territories named in that advice, the UK government is not presently advising against travel to anywhere else;

·         For those who offer community and leisure services - such as running a Judo Club - hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use;

·         There is presently no reason people should stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would

Indeed the recently received advice, whilst recognising the current uncertain times, reinforced that being physically active is one of the best things we can do to reduce the risk of infection and stay healthy.

Against the above background, we would like to thank you for your assistance in ensuring that Judo-in-Scotland continues to be delivered in as safe a manner as possible, when taking into consideration the current global health outbreak.