Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Statement
Correct as of 13.03.20
British Para Table Tennis will continue to monitor the UK Government advice on Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
Based on the World Health Organisation’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the UK from low to moderate. However, the risk to individuals remains low.
Advice from British Para Table Tennis
At present, all British Para Table Tennis events will run as normal. We are also advised by UK Sport that there is no reason at present to close or cancel sporting events. More advice from UK Sport can be seen below.
As a precautionary measure, British Para Table Tennis is asking referees to suspend handshakes at events until further notice.
We also encourage all our members to follow the public health authorities’ advice on frequent hand-washing.
British Para Table Tennis requests and requires any event participants self-declare and do not attend British Para Table Tennis events if they have recently returned from affected areas abroad* and/or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This applies equally to players, coaches, parents, spectators, officials and venue staff.
*Please click here to see a list of the areas.
The Government has issued specific advice for anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao, Cambodia, Iran, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam in the last 14 days, or on or since 9 March for Italy, specific lockdown areas in northern Italy as designated by the Government of Italy, or ‘special care zones’ in South Korea as designated by the Government of the Republic of South Korea.
We encourage anyone in that position to monitor advice and take any appropriate action as recommended by the UK Government.
Click here for the latest Government advice.
Please contact the referee if you feel precautionary measures will impact on your ability to fulfil regulatory event requirements.
The ITTF has announced the postponement of the China Para Open, the Lignano Masters Open in Italy, and the Para Table Tennis 12thAlwatani Championships in Jordan, in March 2020, because of Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
Click here for more information on the status of international para events from the ITTF website.
Advice from UK Sport
- There’s presently no rationale to close or cancel sporting events, but this may change as the situation evolves.
- Anyone with flu-like symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering.
- For those hosting sporting events, whatever their size, attendees and participants should stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus.
- As the situation progresses we might advise the frail, elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions to stay away from gatherings as part of general advice aimed at minimising unnecessary contact with others.
- For those travelling to sporting events overseas, the Foreign Office’s travel advice should be followed and travellers should note that apart from the countries and territories named in that advice, the government isn’t presently advising against travel to anywhere else.
- For those who offer community and leisure services, such as running a local football team or running a gym, hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use. The government is planning to publish specific advice on this shortly.
- There’s presently no reason people should stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would.