On 12 October the Prime Minister announced a new system of COVID-19 restrictions to replace the existing local lockdown measures in individual areas.
Under the new scheme, local areas will be placed in one of three tiers; Tier 1 (Medium), Tier 2 (High) and Tier 3 (Very High).
Tier 1 areas are subject to the existing national restriction measures such as the ‘rule of six’.
Those areas within Tier 2 see additional restrictions, such as a ban on households mixing indoors.
In Tier 3 areas, indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios and indoor sports facilities are required to close by law.
However, an exemption applies which allows these venues to be used by under 18s and people with a disability. Within each of these tiers, organised outdoor sporting activity can continue and remains exempt from restrictions on the number of people allowed to gather, subject to this taking place under approved guidance.
Detailed guidance on what you can do in each of these tiers is available here:
The government has also published a postcode checker to find out which tier your local area is in.
The new system has implications for orienteering and we have updated our Return to Orienteering Guidance.
Anyone organising or taking part in an orienteering event or activity must ensure that they are aware of the local COVID alert level both in their home area and at the intended venue for their activity, and act in line with the restrictions which apply.
British Orienteering has created a matrix of activities to show which orienteering activities are permitted at each alert level, subject to landowner permission.
Juniors and families are being encouraged to take part in Autumn Orienteering activities available for download and share a photo of their experiences to win fabulous prizes.
Sport and physical activity provide immediate mental health and social benefits, while having a long-term positive impact on our physical health and Orienteering is extremely well placed to provide a socially distanced and exciting activity for all ages.
To help you with getting active this Autumn and embrace the outdoors, British Orienteering has designed a new set of FREE downloadable activities for families to do at home, in the garden or in your local green spaces. Match Autumn colour markers with something you can find in nature of that colour. Or explore your local green spaces and learn in the outdoors by identifying specific trees as highlighted on your activity sheet or create courses with our handy tree Orienteering markers.
There are also over 500 Permanent Orienteering Courses across the UK providing families with opportunities of discovering the outdoors in a socially distanced way. Some clubs have also developed these virtually, so you can simply complete courses with your GPS smartphone or watch. Permanent and Virtual Orienteering Courses can be completed at any time, and at your own pace. You just need to download a map and away you go!
Check out the British Orienteering Get Active page for autumn inspiration and downloadable FREE orienteering activity resources children can do at home or in the garden and find further details about the competition.
To further encourage young people and families to Get Active this Autumn in a safe environment, British Orienteering has partnered with www.BrightBikeLights.com to give you the opportunity of winning prizes such as one of the latest Ferei Headlamp (worth £94) helping to continue to stay active and enjoy even more orienteering when the dark winter nights set in.
Whether you are a member or non-member of British Orienteering, families and specifically those under 21 years old are invited to take part in these Orienteering activities between now and the 30 November 2020. Entries shared with us on Twitter and Facebook will automatically entered into the free photo competition. Terms and conditions apply.
British Orienteering want you to have fun this Autumn, and enjoy and share in the fun that orienteering can provide at a time that suits you within the government COVID19 restrictions in the area where you live.
To find out more visit: www.britishorienteering.org.uk/Get_Active
British Orienteering now offers new online learning platform.
British Orienteering eLearning offers a fresh and interactive approach to the ‘Event Safety Course’.
Attendance at a British Orienteering Event Safety and Welfare Workshop is a mandatory requirement for all Organisers, Planners, Controllers and other key officials at all levels of British Orienteering registered Events.
Howard Blackman, Business Development Officer, says: “This course aims to provide for both current and prospective event organisers and planners an overview of the safety requirements and issues that may arise in staging an orienteering event. It has a particular focus on risk management and the means of controlling risks at acceptable levels. We anticipate that those undertaking the course will have had previous experience in carrying out risk assessments.”
This interactive activity is focused on supporting the learner to understand how to identify, access and control to an acceptable level the risks involved with an event.
This eLearning course is currently cost-free until 31 December 2020, from the 1 January 2021 the price will be £10.00.
The course will take approximately an hour to complete and you will also receive the following:
To access the course, click here to set up your login for our eLearning platform, then select the course from the menu. If you are a British Orienteering member, please note that you will need to set up a login when you access the eLearning platform rather than using your British Orienteering login. Perfect for the approaching dark nights!
If you have any ideas on other modules that British Orienteering could develop please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Following the Scottish Government publication of Scotland’s route map from lockdown, Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) and British Orienteering will consider how each phase has implications for orienteering in Scotland.
Today’s news is obviously very welcome however we would remind all members that until 28th May when we receive further guidance from the Scottish Government the current restrictions in Scotland remain in place.
We will take some time to consider the Scottish Government route map to provide orienteering in Scotland the correct guidance and outline a clear re-activation plan for the coming weeks and months ahead. While today’s statement by the First Minister gave us hope of increased outdoor activity it is imperative we realise that we have not, at this stage, been given the green light to ‘return to sport’. Both Scottish Orienteering and British Orienteering with other outdoor sports will be working closely to fully understand the route map and ensure we operate in line with the latest public health information at every stage.