14/01/2022

Update

The Scottish Government reviewed their current guidance earlier this week (on Tuesday 11th January) and, as a result and following clarification from sportscotland, the content of the previous Scottish Squash Covid-19 Working Group update (published on 22nd December 2021) is still in place and will continue until 24th January or until otherwise advised. The next Scottish Government review of guidance will be on the 18th January.

Please see below for a reminder of the current guidance and key messages coming from Scottish Government. In addition, all other aspects of the ‘Beyond Level 0’ guidance remains up to date and valid. This guidance document can be accessed here: https://www.scottishsquash.org/guidance-for-squash/

SGB CEO Forum update

The Scottish Sport CEO Forum wrote to the Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport this week to raise our collective concerns relating to the ongoing restrictions impacting adult participation in indoor contact sport in Scotland. The full communication and response can be accessed here: https://www.scottishsquash.org/sgb-ceo-forum/

Current Scottish Government guidance/key messages

Indoor Contact Sport

Scottish Squash’s interpretation of the current guidance is that squash in Scotland should revert back to the activity permitted in level 1 of the previous protection level framework, with under 18, solo, household and coach led (with enhanced PPE) squash being advised. During this period, we would ask that all clubs, players, coaches and competition organisers continue to follow any new Scottish Government advice and guidance that is issued.

Testing

Clubs should encourage players and staff to take a lateral flow test (LFD) before participating in club activity. If a member returns a positive LFD then they should follow the Scottish Government guidance and take a PCR test as soon as possible. People who are symptomatic, feeling unwell or identified as close contacts should follow Scottish Government and NHS guidance on self-isolation available at Scottish Government: Test & Protect.

Face coverings

Face coverings must be worn by all players (12 & over) and staff while indoors. This includes when moving around the facility, in the toilets, changing areas and general circulation areas. Exemptions on the basis of medical conditions and disabilities are allowed. Players do not have to wear a face covering during the sporting activity.

Physical distancing

The ‘Give people space’ message should be regularly promoted to all members when within the facility. Clustering indoors should be avoided and capacities in facility areas should be adhered to.

Hygiene practices

Everyone attending the club should be encouraged to regularly wash their hands or use hand sanitiser. Clubs should also ensure surfaces and equipment are regularly cleaned and sanitised appropriately in line with facility protocols.

Risk assessments

Risk assessments should be reviewed regularly, updated if/when required, to ensure they are still relevant for the club activities and information is communicated appropriately.