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All, after the official government announcement yesterday and subsequent updated guidelines from England Athletics, all training sessions will be cancelled until the end of April.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will reinstate sessions as soon as we can. In the meantime, have a look at Naomi's #chasercommunity post for alternative options and ideas to help each other out over the next few weeks.
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Following committee discussions on the current Covid-19 situation, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel all club sessions for this week effective immediately. We will be reviewing this position on a weekly basis.
These are strange and worrying times. We are keeping on top of the advice given officially but also keeping an eye on what other organisations, our own workplaces and the medical profession are doing. There is an argument for carrying on as normal. There is also a strong argument for not carrying on as normal, especially as we have seen that there has been massive escalation with resulting pressure on the health services in countries where "carry on as normal" was the advice a few weeks ago. Many organisations and individuals are already taking a cautious approach. We need to consider as individuals and as a community organisation which path is appropriate.
We have decided that for us, the risk is too high to carry on as normal. We just don’t know enough to say that it is safe. This may seem drastic, but the decision was driven by consideration not only for ourselves but for the more vulnerable members of the community and for our friends and members in the medical profession who are facing a very rough few months.
This may be an overreaction but it may not be (hopefully it is!) but with the level of unknowns at the minute, we feel that it’s better to be safe than sorry. We hope you understand.
As many of us are already working from home/self isolating etc, we will look at having some mitigation measures against going stir crazy –possibly a Chasers mutual aid group, group Zwift sessions or similar - keep an eye out here for more details.
If you have any questions, please contact a committee member.
Your Chasers committee have decided to take pro-active steps to ensure our members and families are aware of what to do regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Since the risk level in the UK has risen and given the news of the spread of the virus to Europe we felt it was important for the welfare of our members and families to be open and support each other. It is Important that our families and members take the spread of the virus seriously and we do all we can to prevent it spreading further and putting others at risk. Please check the following pages for the latest updates.
Current country status: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Travel Advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus.
With regards to club activities, we see no reason to suspend any club sessions at the moment (11/03/20), but we strongly advise you all to follow general guidance and that you do not come to sessions if you have any flu or virus symptoms as detailed in the links above. Please also avoid personal contact (and please don’t be offended if others refuse contact) and sanitise your hands before and after where possible. Please also be aware and follow any guidance issued by any of the facilities we use.
If anyone has been to any of the areas that have been classified by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as an 'all but essential travel' destination, then please do not attend sessions until 2 weeks after returning to the UK and have no symptoms. Please do get in touch with the Club Welfare Officers (Cat Neave & Seb Jones details on our website https://www.claphamchasers.co.uk/Welfare) so we can talk any of this through with you and follow the advice given in the links above. Look after yourselves and each other.