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British Championships Update

British Championships – Coronavirus (COVID-19)


British Orienteering is monitoring closely the developments relating to the spread of coronavirus infection (COVID-19) and noting the updates and advice given by the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and other UK public bodies.

The UK Government has indicated that “banning large gatherings is one of the least effective measures a country can take”.

We take the safety of our members and all those involved in organising and delivering competitions and events very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation and potentially introduce further guidance or measures as the situation evolves.


British Championships

The competition is still going ahead.

However, you must not come to the British Championships or British Relays if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • If you have a high temperature
  • If you have a new continuous cough
  • If you have been in Wuhan city or Hubei Province (China), Daegu or Cheongdo (Republic of Korea), Iran, or the containment areas in northern Italy on or after Saturday 7 March
  • If you have been anywhere in Italy on or after Monday 9 March
  • If you have been advised to stay at home by a health professional.

Risk Management

Given the situation the organisers have put some mitigations and changes in place:

  • Recommending that people do not congregate e.g. in club tents, catering, download areas, and for this reason we will not publish results locally;
  • The organisers have been unable to source sufficient sanitizers for all areas but recommend that competitors bring their own along;
  • We request that you take all rubbish away after the event;
  • Change in Cancellation Policy as outlined below.

We appreciate that you may have some concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID 19) and that some competitors may wish to voluntarily withdraw from the competition because of the uncertainty and risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you choose to withdraw and notify us before 20:00hrs on Friday 20th March 2020 we will refund any entry fee minus a limited charge. If you wish to withdraw please contact the Entry Secretary (

As you can appreciate the situation is changing rapidly and we will keep you informed of any further developments or changes.


13 March 2020