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Posted: 16/03/2020



JudoScotland are aware of the on-going concerns of individual and Club Members around the Coronavirus outbreak and have been monitoring the advice being given by the Westminster Government, Scottish Government and NHS Scotland.

To this end, earlier this evening it was highlighted that “everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others”.

The wellbeing, health and safety of all judoka, coaches, volunteers and the general public is a priority for JudoScotland and we are aware that a number of Member Clubs have already cancelled or postponed planned classes.

Club Activity

At present, the position of JudoScotland is to help support an informed view for Clubs to make their own decisions as to whether their Club activities should continue at this time.

On the advice provided earlier this evening, JudoScotland would urge all Member Clubs to critically reflect on the continuation of Club Judo sessions until such time as the current virus outbreak is viewed as being over and further, official guidance is received from appropriate sources.

Active Scotland has confirmed that the current advice and guidance is still very relevant, whereby people can reduce the risk of acquiring and spreading respiratory infections by practising good hygiene, such as:

·       Avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth;

·       Maintaining good hand hygiene;

·       Washing hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser, after coughing or sneezing, after going to the toilet, and prior to eating and drinking;

·       Avoiding direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and not using their personal items such as their mobile phone;

·       Covering their nose and mouth with disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use.

Anyone with flu-symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering.

Mass Events in Scotland

The Scottish First Minister made an announcement on 12 March 2020 that, from 16 March, mass events should not take place, in light of their potential impact on public services. This was followed by official notification last night from the Active Scotland Division (Scottish Government), along with a statement that further measures may be taken as the situation develops.

Taking into consideration the above information received from Scottish Government, we have written to the organisers of the remaining Grand Prix events during 2020 - which would fall into the definition of a mass event - and requested that they look to postpone/reschedule their event in 2020.

National Training Centre (Ratho)

With the announcements made earlier this evening and the clear focus now on ‘social distancing’ contained within those messages, the JudoScotland National Training Centre (Ratho) is now closed with immediate effect.

This includes National Randori for National Squad members at the National Training Centre (Ratho) and also Talent Development Squad sessions (at Ratho and Palace of Arts, Glasgow). We would look to re-introduce both of these sessions at an appropriate point in time.

Further Considerations

JudoScotland will continue to review its planned future activities - particularly where delivery is on a ‘face-to-face’ basis - until further clarity is provided by the Scottish Government and will be communicating further with those affected.

In the meantime please continue to follow the official advice coming out of the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland and make use of their online resources for up to date information about Coronavirus.

This continues to be an on-going and fast moving situation and as such any guidance and advice will be subject to further review and recommendations from the Scottish Government or NHS Scotland.

Stay Safe and Stay Healthy.