Online Report of Covid Position and Activity

Date 4/11/20; Tier:

Rotherham HAC is subject to National Lockdown starting Thursday 5th November
RHAC club nights and activities are suspended until (at least) December 2nd. Weekly updates will continue

England Athletics has announced 'no exemptions' for athletic sports

Coaching: one to one; running: singly or with one other person
('Other person' can be different on different days)

Covid Cases

We currently have TWO athletes self-isolating after a positive test: (via a school).
We are not aware of any close contacts at RHAC

Activities up to and including Weds 4th Nov

Provided all concerned are covid-secure:
We can continue to train in groups of 12 as at present
We can continue to run in unlimited groups, though meeting prior to running or regrouping during runs should be done as sets of 6.
The lack of facilities at the stadium is now expected to be long-term; especially in dark nights and bad weather we have no plans to run large groups (see 'Returning Athletes' below)

Young athletes are permitted to move between tiers for their training. Over-17 athletes are advised not to do so

Runners should not cross a boundary into a different tier
At present this means Doncaster, Sheffield and Barnsley are OK but Notts and Derbyshire are not (though Notts is expected to join us in tier 3 shortly)

Our current view is that there will be no change during 2020 and little development in 2021 (perhaps none in local events).

Returning Athletes

Young or Senior athletes seeking to return to active training should in the first instance contact their coach, or if in doubt, contact club secretary and covid officer (eg via website@rotherhamharriers.org)
You need to click the app before admission to the stadium is allowed.

Out of Stadium Runners: all those wishing to participate, including newcomers, need to click the app on or before arrival on club nights (Mon and Weds 6.30 run time). We can operate fast, medium and slow groups with appropriate run leaders and currently have enough run leaders to achieve the above requirements. All are welcome on that basis- but we would appreciate prior notice by email to website@rotherhamharriers.org if possible, especially if you are unclear about your run-level requirement

Background and Explanations

In tier 3 running and training groups are restricted to 6 persons but RHAC has negotiated a ‘Covid-secure’ agreement with the local authority, which is Rotherham MBC Public Health. This is based on the model presented by England Athletics.

The agreement exempts us from the ‘6 rule’ provided we observe social distancing; there are other requirements including that we will capture pre-activity health checks from participants (see also 'Activities' above) Another requirement was to present risk assessments including for (a) the use of Herringthorpe Stadium and (b) the use of local road and countryside areas for out-of-stadium running.
In view of some uncertainty about what is and is not allowed, and the possibility of change in tier of Rotherham MB we aim to report progress and changes weekly