Last updated: 30/11/2021
You will no doubt have seen the news about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19. We are not required to change our response to COVID, but we would suggest that it would be sensible that everyone needs to be more particular to take individual responsibility for minimising risks to our club community, and we would remind you of the following precautions you should actively consider:
Lateral Flow Testing
As we’re back ‘to normal’, we are still asking you to help keep the sessions (and sport) safe. We are asking that you do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. If members are regularly testing for the virus, we can help ensure that the virus will not spread through the club if someone tests positive – keeping the sessions safe for us all. You can order your free home tests here, where each pack will last you 3 weeks.
Before attending any session, please undertake a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms. Please don’t leave home to participate in club or coached activity if you or someone you live with, has any of the following:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss of or change to sense of smell or taste
If you do, you must follow NHS and Public Health England guidance on self-isolation which can be found here. No one who is self-isolating should attend an OxfordTri activity.
Whilst social distancing is now not mandatory, please be considerate of other members who may wish to continue keeping space between them and others. Face coverings are not mandatory, however if you can wear one, our venues have encouraged you to consider to continue you to do so. You can continue to do you bit by washing your hands regularly and using antibacterial hand sanitizer before and after a session.
It is as yet unclear what impact Covid-19 will have on the long-term health of those who contracted the virus. As a precaution, we are asking you to consider your health as you return to club activities and undertake health screening via your GP if you were hospitalised due to Covid-19, or have been significantly unwell due to the virus. The current advice from British Triathlon for people who have been shielding is that they should only resume activities following support from their GP.
Test and Trace
The opening up of the sport following the Covid-19 outbreak is being supported by the Government’s test and trace initiative, and BTF have outlined now that QR codes are required at all club sessions. When we are at a venue (such as swimming or track), you can scan the venue QR code. For club runs and rides, QR codes will be created for each session and available from run/ride leaders. We ask that all members engage with the NHS Test and Trace system (more information available here) when you’re participating in club sessions. Despite the easing of restrictions, we are still required to continue to do this.
Our group sizes for each session type for club and coached activity have returned to normal. For more information about this, check out the British Triathlon guidance here: https://www.britishtriathlon.org/britain/return-to-play/2021/07-july/british-triathlon-covid-19-clubs-and-coaches-guidance-21-july-2021.pdf
Where club members are organising recreational swim, bike, run activity outside of the jurisdiction of the club, then this is not part of British Triathlon’s guidance or insured provision for affiliated clubs and member coaches. In this circumstance, we respectfully remind members of the importance of considering using the track and trace app.
The Committee and Coaches have worked really hard to keep sessions running and the club Covid Secure throughout the last 18 months. With your ongoing support and adherence to these simple rules, we are thrilled that we can all continue to keep training together and our sessions open for you all as we embrace our ‘normal’!