News & events Coronavirus COVID-19 Boccia England are fully committed to the health and safety of the Boccia England network and this continues to be our main priority. We are constantly monitoring the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following the official advice and guidance from the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and Public Health England. General Advice As you are aware, the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing daily and so our advice remains for you to check government guidance available here Further advice suggests the following. Hand hygiene and regular cleaning of common surfaces (door handles, equipment) with normal soap-based detergents The use of alcohol based (>60%) hand gels for further hand cleansing. Risk avoidance – minimise exposure to public spaces, e.g. Supermarkets, restaurants, shopping malls etc Face masks are probably ineffective Isolation of cases – anyone with respiratory symptoms (dry cough, fatigue, sore throat) and a temperature We will continue to monitor and review the latest advice and update you accordingly. Advice for those with chronic health issues Those with underlying medical issues such as high blood pressure, lung complaints and weakened or compromised immune systems are more likely to develop serious illness as a result of the disease. They have been advised to carry out social distancing measures, for further guidance please access the government website here Government Guidance Additional guidance from the NHS can be found here. Boccia England position as of 18th March 2020 In light of the rapidly changing situation involving Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the expectation that stricter measures could/will be introduced in the coming weeks, Boccia England has made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019/20 Competition season and to suspend boccia activity across the country at all levels of the game at this time. This means we have suspended competitions, courses, events, programmes and training sessions for the time being until further notice. We have also made arrangements for all our staff to be able to work from home and during this transition we ask for your patience in terms of responding to enquiries. We will continue to be fully operational with arrangements in place to deal with telephone enquires as well as post. It is important to stress that the health and safety of our members is our main priority and to avoid the spread of Coronavirus we will be continuing to follow the government’s advice, which is to move away from mass gatherings and for the public to avoid any unnecessary contact where possible over the coming weeks. We also strongly encourage those with underlying health conditions to continue to follow guidance in terms of social isolation to minimise the risk of becoming ill. We will shortly be publishing a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ document which should answer any queries you may have. However, please email [email protected] if you have any other queries relating to the Coronavirus and Boccia England. Given the positive impact boccia has on many people’s lives and the importance of keeping active at this time, we will be considering different approaches to encourage people to be active through boccia using digital and virtual resources over the coming days and weeks. Please keep following the government and public health advice here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public and we look forward to welcoming you to Boccia England competitions next season. Guidance on club / group activities due to Coronavirus COVID-19 UK Government advice: Based upon the current scientific advice from the Government’s medical experts, the recommendation is to carry out social distancing measures to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). We recommend all clubs to heed this advice and suspend activity until further notice. Contact If you have any queries relating to the Coronavirus and Boccia England please email [email protected] or you can speak to a member of the team on 0115 9678455.