Important news about reopening of clubs

Posted 17th July 2020

[Updated 7 August 2020]

We are delighted to confirm that Fitmums and Friends clubs are beginning to reopen.

Following the feedback from our recent members' survey and the work done by our local club and central teams, we feel we can now open clubs safely and in a way that complies with current national guidance and with guidance provided by England Athletics, our governing body.

Each of our clubs is working at its own pace and will reopen when the time is right for its members, volunteers and local community – this means that not all clubs will reopen at the same time. Dates already confirmed are listed below; further dates will be added in due course. For club-specific information, please click on the relevant link.

For the time being, we ask that members only attend their home club and do not visit other clubs. This will allow each club to prioritise its own members and manage group sizes while restrictions on the number of people who may exercise together remain in place. Thank you.

Club                                                           Reopening date                                      For more information

Beverley Fitmums and Friends                      Tuesday 18 August 2020                            Details here

Boothferry Fitmums and Friends                   Thursday 6 August 2020                            Details here

Cottingham Fitmums and Friends                  Wednesday 29 July 2020                          Details here
Cottingham Cycle Squad                               Sunday 2 August 2020                               Details here

Dearne Valley Fitmums and Friends              tbc

East Hull Fitmums and Friends                      Tuesday 18 August 2020                             Details here

Goole Fitmums and Friends                          tbc

Grimsby Fitmums and Friends                       Wednesday 29 July 2020                          Details here

Harrogate Fitmums and Friends                    tbc

Hedon Fitmums and Friends                         Monday 10 August 2020                            Details here

Market Weighton Fitmums and Friends        tbc

York Fitmums and Friends                            Wednesday 12 August                                Details here

When a club is ready to reopen, its members will receive an email explaining how sessions will now be organised in order to keep everyone safe. This will cover important information such as:

  • venue, run/walk options and start times, which may be different from before
  • how to book – some clubs will need to use a booking system, at least in the short term, to ensure that group sizes remain within limits allowed
  • how the session will be organised – clearly we have had to make some changes to how we normally organise a club session in order to keep everyone safe
  • how we will enable social distancing – from other runners/walkers and members of the public 
  • how we will support members who run/walk at different paces 

Members will also be invited to a club drop-in on Zoom one week before their club reopens. This will be an opportunity to catch up with other members, hear more about how we will reopen and ask any questions.

We hope our approach will reassure as to the safety measures we are putting in place to protect our members, volunteers and local communities as we reopen. We will of course rely on every member’s cooperation to ensure that we stay safe and open.

Although clubs are reopening, some members will not yet be ready to return to club sessions and we understand that. We will be ready and waiting to welcome them back when the time is right. In the meantime, our range of virtual activity sessions will continue to support people in staying active from home. 

We have created three COVID-19 documents to further help all of our members to stay safe when exercising together. Please read them before attending a club session:

COVID-19 Code of Conduct 

Keeping our members as safe as possible and keeping our club open requires every one of our members to comply with current guidance. To that end, we are asking all of our members to agree to our COVID-19 Code of Conduct. Please read this carefully here before attending a club session. By attending a club session, you will be agreeing to abide by this code of conduct.

Checklist Chat

A Fitmums and Friends session always starts with a “checklist chat”. During the checklist chat, your leader talks through a range of topics which are designed to make sure you feel welcome, comfortable and safe during the session.  We have made some amends to our checklist chat to include some important COVID-19 messages. You can read it here or watch a video of it here.

FAQs

We understand you may still have lots of questions and we have tried to answer these for you, including any questions asked in our member survey about returning to activity. You can read these FAQs here

Symptoms:

Please do not attend a session if you are feeling unwell, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have recently been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with or has symptoms of COVID-19, or have been told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace service.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.

Please be aware that if someone attending a Fitmums and Friends session subsequently tests positive for COVID-19, we may be required to pass your details to the NHS Test and Trace service.

COVID-19 symptons warning
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