NSEA resumption of competitions plan

The government have set out a roadmap out of lockdown, which will open up every 5 weeks or so, once data has been analysed. These are guidelines initially, to ensure that the R rate remains low and the NHS is not overwhelmed, nor that new mutations of the virus are causing the infection rate to escalate. See also dates for lifting restrictions in Scotland and Wales
The NSEA is closely monitoring government updates in order to plan for forthcoming competitions and will continue to update members with any changes.

NSEA COVID protocols apply at all NSEA competitions- keep your distance, wash hands regularly & wear a mask in close contact areas. Help us to stay safe- we don’t want to go back into lockdown again.

England

Step 1A March 8th

Return to schools. Testing for pupils and home testing for families to be rolled out.

Under current government guidelines, 1:1 training can continue to be delivered at home or yards where the horse is stabled.

Two people can exercise / socialise outdoors

Extra-curricular sport to resume WITHIN schools.


Step 1 B March 29th

Outdoor sports facilities to open, including training venues & competition centres. People are encouraged to stay local.

Organised competitions to commence- within strict COVID protocols. Therefore the NSEA protocols for competitions will be in place, once again at all NSEA events. See the Competition Date page for more details of events. This is being updated currently.

Step 2 April 12th

Self-contained accommodation and self-catering holidays are permitted. Therefore we anticipate that it will be possible to stay over at competitions from this point (one household per horsebox only)

Pubs can serve food & drink outdoors. Trade stands & catering outlets are permitted to open.


Step 3 – 3 May 17th

Most social contact restrictions to be lifted outdoors

Groups of up to 6 people or 2 households are able to meet indoors

Indoor hospitality –  hotels, B& B’s can open


Step 4 – June 21st

All legal restrictions on social contact lifted.

 

Scotland
Schools will be returning gradually from March 15th & non-contact outdoor sports can resume for 12-17yr olds.

April 5th
Rule of 6 people from 2 households can meet & essential retail can open.

April 26th

Scotland to return to the tier system, with the aim to move from tier 4 to tier 3

 

Wales
Easing starts from March 12th, after the next stage of restrictions are announced.

NSEA Coronavirus Protocol – Returning to sport from April 2021

 

HEALTH CHECKS


  1. If any competitor, or anybody in their household, is showing symptoms of Coronavirus or has tested positive in the past 2 weeks, they must not attend any NSEA event. On the morning of the competition, prior to departure, there should be the following simple health check conducted:
    1. Take the temperature of everybody in the household. If anybody has a temperature of over 37.8 degrees, then please seek medical advice and do not attend.
    2. Is anybody in the household quarantined because of foreign travel to a country which is not exempt? If so, please do not attend.
    3. If anybody in the household has any of the following symptoms then please seek medical advice, and do not attend:
      1. A persistent cough;
      2. A loss of taste or smell;
      3. A temperature (see 1(1) above)

 

 

  1. If any competitor lives, or stables their horse, in an area which has been made the subject of a specific geographical lockdown then please do not attend an event.

 

  1. If the event is located within an area which is subject to specific conditions, we will review those, and may cancel an event at short notice if required to do so.

 

  1. If the competitor’s school is located in an area which is subject to specific conditions, even if the competitor lives outside that area, if they have physically attended the school in the two weeks prior to the competition, they should not attend.

 

  1. For competitors who live near borders between England and Wales, or England and Scotland, please be mindful of the potentially differing rules once you cross a border, and familiarise yourself with those rules.

AT THE SHOW CENTRE

  1. One person per squad should take charge of ensuring social distancing to ensure that everybody keeps their distance. They should familiarise themselves with one-way systems and protocols specific to each venue which will be available. Regular reminders will need to be given as it is easy to forget things when both on, and off, a horse. Remember to avoid sharing equipment. Household groups – or bubbles – should be maintained when moving around and please follow show centre instructions. Check in advance, for example, to see what, if any, catering facilities are available and plan accordingly.

 

  1. Avoid touching surfaces like jumps or rails, and follow instructions given by show centres.

 

  1. No spectators or supporters will be permitted. Just one parent/carer per competitor is encouraged wherever possible.

 

  1. Do not forget to use hand sanitiser on arrival. Show centres will be providing this, but if there are shortages it is obviously sensible to bring your own which should be used regularly. Practise good hand-hygiene as often as possible throughout the day; show centres will all have soap and hot water available.

 

  1. Any person at the event who becomes unwell should immediately isolate with their household, and if necessary should seek medical attention from the Paramedic team in attendance at NSEA events. The household with the unwell person in should leave the show centre to return home.

 

  1. Please do not stay longer than is necessary for the competition. ARRIVE, COMPETE, LEAVE, in order to minimise the number of people at a show centre at any one time. All results will be published online.

    BREACHES OF THE PROTOCOL

 

  1. If breaches of this protocol are brought to the attention of show organisers, they will be permitted to demand the entire school’s team leave the show centre, and may eliminate competitors. The NSEA will then consider whether to allow that school or competitor to compete in future competitions.

 

  1. Facemasks need to be worn in crowded areas for the time being.

 

  1. Government easing is currently as follows

 

Step 1 B March 29th

Outdoor sports facilities to open, including training venues & competition centres. People are encouraged to stay local.
Organised competitions to commence- within strict COVID protocols. Therefore the NSEA protocols for competitions will be in place, once again.
Step 2 April 12th

Self-contained accommodation and self-catering holidays are permitted. Therefore we anticipate that it will be possible to stay over at competitions from this point (one household per horsebox only)

Pubs can serve food & drink outdoors. Trade stands & catering outlets are permitted to open.

Scotland to return to the tier system, with the aim to move from tier 4 to tier 3. Some easing in March.

Wales. Easing starts from March 12th, after the next stage of restrictions are announced.

 

HEALTH CHECK BEFORE YOU LEAVE

 

ONE PARENT PER COMPETITOR WHERE POSSIBLE

 

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE – DON’T BURST YOUR BUBBLE

 

PRACTISE GOOD HAND HYGIENE

 

ARRIVE, COMPETE, LEAVE