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COVID-19 Update Archive

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 18/03/2020 20:30

I'm very sad to say that all training will cease from tonight. We have kept sessions going for as long as we possibly can, but we have reached the point where we feel that it is in everyone's interest that we now stop.

Over the coming days the committee will be discussing ongoing costs and reviewing fees during the period that we are closed.

Head Coach Becki McGuire now has the unenviable task of reviewing the seasons swimming programmes for each squad in order to minimise the impact of closure.

I would like to thank all of our members for their continued support during these unpredictable times

Lesley Kennedy (Chair) Email Chair

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 2 - 17/03/2020 16:00

Please see earlier update from this morning regarding the training situation

Keep checking emails, facebook & twitter for updates

Competitions – The following competitions have been confirmed as cancelled or postponed:

  • North Tyneside Mad March Hare – Cancelled
  • Scottish Age Group Nationals – Postponed
  • Derventio Excel Open – Cancelled
  • British Swimming Championships – Cancelled
  • NER Age Group Championships – Cancelled/Postponed
  • NER Open Championships – Cancelled/Postponed
  • East District Open – Cancelled
  • National Qualifying Window – Ended with immediate effect
  • Morpeth May Mini Gala – Postponed

Other – The following ‘other’ activities that swimmers may have been involved with are also cancelled/postponed:

  • N&D County Camps – Postponed (Well done to Katy Otterson & Aidan Turner who were selected and due to attend this weekend)
  • N&D Performance Programme (Beacon @ Sunderland) – Cancelled
  • Northumberland Hub @ Sunderland  – Cancelled

Information around refunds etc will become available in due course.

We understand there will some disappointment amongst swimmers and still some questions we don’t have the answers to yet. Please remember everyone is in the same situation. Our club have made so many fantastic strides forwards in the last couple of years. We’ll be back to making more very soon!

Please can we ask ALL MEMBERS follow the governments advice regarding self-isolation. If they or a family member display any of the symptoms of COVID – 19 they self-isolate accordingly.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 17/03/2020 11:30

Following the Prime Minister's press conference yesterday please find below Morpeth ASC’s latest position. As you will appreciate this is an ever-changing situation.

1) Swim England have cancelled/postponed several upcoming National Competitions 

2) The National Qualifying Window, which opened 13th March has been suspended with immediate effect. An update regarding the qualifying/invitation process for the summer national meets will be provided when available                              

3) Swim England have advised that clubs can continue to train at present. As a club, Morpeth ASC will be continuing with our normal training programme until further notice. There may be some changes however and parents MUST keep a close eye on emails, Facebook, Twitter for updates

4) The balcony will be closed during training sessions, parents will not be able to spectate. Parents are also not allowed to enter the changing room areas! This is with immediate effect. We appreciate there are some younger swimmers (those aged 5-7) and we will provide an update regarding changing arrangements before Friday’s session.

5) Competitions – Currently there still does not appear to be a clear position from Swim England on upcoming licensed competitions. We will update members accordingly ASA

6) British Swimming Championships – Were cancelled at 10:00am this morning

Please see link below for full Swim England statement

Please see link below for full British Swimming statement

Please can we ask ALL MEMBERS follow the governments advice regarding self-isolation. If they or a family member display any of the symptoms of COVID – 19 they self-isolate accordingly.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 16/03/2020 14:10

The club continues to assess any risk to members and would ask that all swimmers  follow the below instructions:

  • MUST take home kit bags after each session for cleaning
  • All personal equipment should be clearly marked with the swimmers name
  • MUST NOT share their equipment with other swimmers

An up to date equipment list will follow

For those who attend land training:

  • MUST wash hands before and after the session
  • We have already started cleaning exercise mats before and after sessions (swimmers are welcome to bring their own mat if they prefer)
  • MUST NOT share a mat with other participants

The club continues to run as normal and we will advise you of any changes as soon as possible

Lesley Kennedy (Chair) Email Chair

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update - 12/03/2020 13:30

Swim England has issued the following advice regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 10/03/20

The health and wellbeing of anyone who takes part in any aquatic activity is of paramount importance to everyone at Swim England.

Swim England is currently following the latest guidance from the Government and Public Health England and is advising its members, clubs, learn to swim providers and volunteers to do the same.

At this time, Swim England is continuing to plan for events as normal.

However, the national governing body will be following the latest information and assessing risk as appropriate. Specific guidance regarding forthcoming Swim England events will be issued as necessary to those who are due to attend.

Due to the ongoing spread of novel coronavirus, there have been a number of calls to Swim England about whether it is safe to still go swimming.

The Pool Water Treatment and Advisory Group (PWTAG) has been in contact with Public Health England regarding novel coronavirus.

A spokesperson for PWTAG said: “Public health opinion is that it is generally safe to go swimming at this time.

“Water and the chlorine within swimming pools will help to kill the virus.

“However, visitors to swimming pools are reminded to shower before using the pool, to shower on leaving the pool and to follow the necessary hygiene precautions when visiting public places to help reduce the risk of infection.”

These include washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Most importantly, if you feel unwell, please avoid using the pool.

This announcement is not intended to panic anyone and Swim England is sharing the above information to ensure all possible precautions are taken.

Please can all swimmers/parents be considerate when using showers/changing rooms so that everyone can use the facilities that are available with the minimum of fuss.

If any of our members have or think they have the virus,it would be appreciated if you could inform us to assist us in our continued risk assessment.  This should not replace seeking advice from NHS 111. 

Please advise 

I am in regular contact with Active Northumberland regarding any change in risk. At present there are no reported incidents in any of their centre's and it is business as usual.

Thank You,
Lesley Kennedy (Chair) Email Chair

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