Coronavirus advice

Coronavirus – Royston Runners following England Athletics advice

Royston Runners are following the advice and guidance of England Athletics.  EA stated today, 12 March, that, based on current government advice, there are currently no plans to cancel, postpone or otherwise change any of the national, regional or local competition and events England Athletics delivers.  Several international events have been postponed and it is likely that some UK events will also be cancelled over the coming weeks and EA will updated clubs as the situation evolves.

All events in England delivered by England Athletics including the indoor championships this weekend will go ahead, unless otherwise advised, and EA would like to reassure all competitors, officials, coaches, staff and spectators that we are taking all possible precautions.  EA have issued a statement reiterating government advice and to be read out at events Click here to download the document (PDF 100kB) or from here:

EA’s advice based on the current state of Coronavirus (12 March) is that there’s no need to cancel or postpone our events at this time and to remain mindful of guidance on infection control in the workplace (catch it, kill it, bin it).  Individuals with flu-like symptoms should be discouraged from coming to a club or an event.

Should Public Health England change their advice it may become necessary to hold events behind closed doors or escalate matters to cancellation, curtailment, or postponement.

In addition…

The EA would also like to draw the attention of anyone who attends any athletics or running event or activity to the following general advice:

If you are considering attending an athletics or running event in any capacity and have recently returned to the UK from overseas, particularly the affected parts of the world, we would like to draw your attention to the following advice from the UK Government.

The Government has published an action plan to contain the possible spread of the virus. This advises: There is presently no rationale to close or cancel sporting events, but this may change as the situation evolves. Anyone with flu-like symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering.

For those hosting sporting events, whatever their size, attendees and participants should stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus.

As the situation progresses, we might advise the frail, elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions to stay away from gatherings as part of general advice aimed at minimising unnecessary contact with others.

For those travelling to sporting events overseas, the Foreign Office’s travel advice should be followed and travellers should note that apart from the countries and territories named in that advice, the government isn’t presently advising against travel to anywhere else.

For those who offer community and leisure services, such as running a local athletics club, hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged, and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use.

Nevertheless, we are aware that the coronavirus outbreak is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We are in regular contact with UKA, Sport England and runbritain to monitor the situation as well as continuing to follow advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and both local and national government on this matter. The government is planning to publish specific advice on sporting events in due course. As you are well aware, guidance may change in response to events, so please keep a close eye on and we will also keep you updated on our website too.