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 recognise that the Scottish Government has taken a different approach in that from Monday (16th March 2020) “all large gatherings above 500 people with the potential to impact the emergency services should be cancelled to prioritise the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak”.
British Orienteering will follow the advice of the UK government unless we are instructed to do so by the government or other relevant authorities. For clarification in Scotland events over 500 must follow the advice issued by the Scottish Government.
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.
However, you must not come to any British Orienteering competition or activity if you fall into one of the following categories:
Competition organisers should look at opportunities to reduce the risk of close contact for orienteers, officials and volunteers. For example:
As you can appreciate the situation is changing rapidly and we will keep you informed of any further developments or changes.
13 March 2020