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JudoScotland Update

Posted: 29/05/2020

JudoScotland Update: Friday 29 May 2020

Many members will have seen the Scottish Government briefing yesterday and we thought it appropriate to provide an update from a JudoScotland perspective.

The focus of yesterday’s announcement was the first steps of moving out of ‘lockdown’, with a spotlight on outdoor activities.

Specifically, the lockdown guidance has been relaxed to allow “non-contact outdoor leisure activities”, with Golf, Tennis, Bowls and Fishing having been highlighted by the First Minister as able to start emerging from the previous lockdown restrictions. It should be noted that the relaxation of restrictions announced has not been applied to all outdoor leisure activities/sports.

The announcements are in keeping with previous statements made by the Scottish Government whereby it has said that the first steps in the process will be "proportionate and suitably cautious" and will be focused on outdoor activities.

Scottish Government: Route Map

Last Thursday (21 May), the Scottish Government unveiled a four-phase "route map" which was aimed at restarting society while suppressing the coronavirus.

Phase 1: Virus not yet contained but cases are falling.

You should be able to meet another household outside in small numbers. Sunbathing is allowed, along with some outdoor activities like golf and fishing. Garden centres and drive-through takeaways can reopen, some outdoor work can resume, and child minding services can begin.

Phase 2: Virus controlled.

You can meet larger groups outdoors, and meet another household indoors. Construction, factories, warehouses, laboratories and small shops can resume work. Playgrounds and sports courts can reopen, and professional sport can begin again.

Phase 3: Virus suppressed.

You can meet people from more than one household indoors. Non-essential offices would reopen, along with gyms, museums, libraries, cinemas, larger shops, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and dentists. Live events could take place with restricted numbers and physical distancing restrictions. Schools should reopen from 11 August.

Phase 4: Virus no longer a significant threat.

University and college campuses can reopen in full, mass gatherings are allowed. All workplaces open and public transport is back at full capacity.

The ‘route map’ published by the Scottish Government does not provide any definitive timelines or dates for when the future phases of lockdown easing will be introduced.

JudoScotland are continuing to work with both sportscotland and the Scottish Government to identify the earliest opportunity for the current restrictions to be safely lifted and for the re-introduction of Judo-in-Scotland to be announced.

Following the announcements yesterday, members may wish to access up-to-date advice concerning Covid-19 via:

·       Scotland’s Route Map Through and Out of the Crisis

The Scottish government has identified four phases for easing the restrictions.


·       Test and Protect

If you have Covid-19 symptoms contact NHS Inform or phone 0800 028 2816 to book a test.


·       NHS Inform

The latest from NHS Scotland and the Scottish government, including social distancing and stay at home advice.


·       Clear Your Head

It's ok to not feel yourself right now, so click here for tips to help your mental health during the crisis.


·       Ready Scotland

Staying at home does not mean you are alone - there are many ways you can help your community.