COVID Safe Orienteering

As a sport, we must work together to resume orienteering responsibly and within the relevant Government guidance.

The Board of Directors have committed to following the respective advice of each government, and therefore there are likely to be periods when types of orienteering activities permitted, vary between different parts of the UK, depending on the Government guidelines and regulations. 

Latest Guidance:

COVID-19 restrictions have now been lifted across all regions. There remains guidance documents in place to highlight best practice, but there are no legal restrictions or applicable guidance which, members and clubs are required to follow.


Guidance 21 July 2021 (England)

British Orienteering’s Roadmap for returning to orienteering 13 April 2021

Full club guidance England 18 May 2021

Coaching guidance England 5 March 2021

Matrix of permissible activities 5 January 2021

England statement 6 January 2021

England Tiers guidance 16 October 2020


Wales Guidance Update 3 March 2022

Northern Ireland

NI Guidance Update 2 March 2022



Scottish Orienteering Association Code of Conduct 21 04 2021


Scottish Orienteering Guidance March 2022

SOA Combined Risk Assessment (March 22)


First Aid guidance 

British Orienteering wants to reassure members who may have concerns about licensing, returning to coaching and instructing when the current restrictions are lifted.

Due to the current Covid-19 lock-down in the UK, we have made some temporary changes to what is required to remain a licensed coach or be the recognised First Aider at an event. 

First Aid Statement 1 April 2021


Club support information

 The following links to information will support clubs and participants deliver safe orienteering.

Participant code of conduct

Event/activity signage zip file

Club support letter for landowners

PPE procurement option

Virtual Orienteering Registration Guidance 

Useful Infographics
NB Click the link above and tick the documents you want and click download.

Visual Guidance Documents 

Below are some visual aids to help explain /show what a Covid Safe Orienteering Event looks like. The three documents are aimed to support three different audiences.

Resumption of Orienteering 

Appendix A - Orienteering activities that can resume in England 

Appendix B & C- Orienteering activities that can resume in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man

Appendix D - Orienteering activities that can resume in Scotland 

Appendix E - Orienteering activities that can resume in Wales