SKGB – Updated PHASE 3 documents Return to Physical Activity & Getting coaches ready for a return to Sport and Physical activity
The SKGB welcomes the First Minister’s announcement in terms of the latest planned moves through the route map process and the clear commitment of Scottish Government to re-start community and performance sport when it is safe to do so
The SKGB have been working with Sportscotland on the Updated PHASE 3 documents return to Physical Activity and Getting Coaches ready (see attached documents) both are a work in process documents and will be updated as announcements are made. You will all be aware that the First Minister outlined dates for the further easing of lockdown restrictions as part of the route map process (please see dates attached)
The following should be noted:
- Public health and wellbeing remain the most pressing priority
- We all have a responsibility to do what we can to continue to supress the spread of the virus
- The SKGB are now in Updated PHASE 3 and urge participants to continue to adhere to the current public health guidance and sport guidance.
- The SKGB are committed to working with Scottish Government, sportscotland, facility operators, local partners and other SGBs to progress plans for the return of sport when it is safe to do so as part of future phases of the route map.
Please find attached the following Updated Phase 3 documents.
- SKGB- Phase 3 Updated guidance 30th July 2020
- SKGB- Phase 3 Getting coaches ready for a return to sport and physical activity Updated 30th July 2020
- Letter from the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing 30th July 2020.
Introduction: Self-isolation days updated from 7 to 10days
Point 3: Update on indoor sport and exercise indicative opening date of 14 Sept.
Point 18: Organised Outdoor contact sport – updated to include Adults from 24 August (merged with previous children’s guidance)
Point 26: Updated to include more detailed coaching information.
Point 35: Clinically vulnerable people. Removed as shielding restrictions lifted.
The major changes announced were:
- Self-isolation: Those testing positive should self-isolate for 10 days (increased from 7 days previously). No change to 14 days self-isolation for those in contact with someone who tests positive or entering/returning from international travel from relevant countries.
- Shielding: Shielding will be paused from 1 August. At that point those currently shielding can follow guidance for general public. Guidance for this group to return to work is available here.
- Schools: Schools will re-open on 11 August. In some areas there will be a phased approach over the first few days. All schools will be open for all pupils for full-time education from 18th August. Detailed guidance is available here.
The key dates for sport supplied by Sportscotland (dates beyond 20 August are indicative only and subject to change) are:
- Saturday 1 August
- Shielding: Those shielding can now undertake work, including sports coaching (paid or voluntary). This group are already able to participate in sport and leisure activities.
- Monday 3 August
- Coaching: The cap on the number of households a coach can work with in a day is removed (currently four), subject to any sport-specific guidance. Limits on size and number of households in a group that a coach can work with at any one time remain. (Scottish Government are considering a date for relaxing restrictions of size of groups that can be coached at one time, but no date or detail given at this stage.)
- Monday 11 August
- Schools: Schools re-open. Education Scotland will publish guidance on safe practice in physical education in time for the return to school. Existing guidance to the public on organised outdoor sport for children and young people should be considered when planning and preparing for physical activity and sport in schools. Adult visitors to schools should be strictly limited only to those that are necessary to support children and young people or the running of the school, with potential impacts for those not based in a school, but involved in supporting PE and school sport. The provision of activities or clubs outside the usual school timetable can be conducted subject to the general guidance on school re-opening and relevant guidance to the general public, but schools should consider the need for out of hours cleaning when scheduling activities.
Indicative Dates (below dates are indicative, follow the next formal review point on 20th August, and subject to change)
- Monday 24 August
- Outdoor contact sport: Organised outdoor contact sport allowed to resume for adults, following relevant SGB guidance. (Currently only allowed for children under 18.)
- Live outdoor events: Allowed to resume with physical distancing, enhanced hygiene and restricted numbers, subject to guidance. Further detail required to understand relevance to sports events.
- Friday 14 September
- Indoor sports facilities: Allowed to re-open following guidance, including physical distancing and enhanced hygiene. Government will keep under review whether this date can be brought forward. An earlier date may be given specifically for some indoor children’s activities.
- Stadia: Limited re-opening following guidance including restricted numbers and physical distancing. Some test events may be held ahead of this date.
- Live indoor events: Allowed to resume with physical distancing, enhanced hygiene and restricted numbers, subject to guidance. Further detail required to understand relevance to sports events.
NB: Opening of non-essential offices are subject to further review, but will not be before 11 September and may be later. Even when opened, working from home and working flexibly will remain the default.