Coronavirus information for GoodGym activities

Advice for anyone attending GoodGym activities

March 16, 2020

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Reviewed or updated on 13/7/20


Following the Prime Minister's announcements on the 10/5/20 affecting the lockdown in England, GoodGym's activity remains the following;

Activity Status
Group sessions Group runs are on hold for the foreseeable future. This decision has been made as these are the events at which most people gather and at which we are most at risk of spreading infection.
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Community missions Community missions are being set up under new guidance. Community missions can be set up to support any public service, charity or community project that has a sufficiently large working area, indoor or outdoor, for people to be working 2 metres apart at all times.
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Coach runs Face-to-face coach runs will be replaced with calls. We are regularly reviewing the government guidance and as soon as it’s safe for coach visits to resume, we will update all coach runners. Until then, we ask that coaches and runners continue to keep in touch via telephone or video call.
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Mission runs Missions will continue to operate during this period with enhanced safety procedures. We are working with our partners to ensure that risks are minimised and that we are able to make a contribution to supporting those who are isolated and lonely. We will aim to work more closely with partners such as the Red Cross and Hospital Discharge Teams to safely support those who need our help. We are carrying out only urgent and impactful tasks or those that have little or no risk of transmitting Coronavirus. We have changed our policy to allow missions to go ahead with one runner where it is appropriate.

*** UPDATE - 18:00 GMT Monday 22nd June 2020 ***

As restrictions in the UK continue to lift, we’re now at a point where we can start to help more organisations with a variety of tasks through community missions.

Our priority remains keeping our members safe and to ensure we are not risking any spread of infection. Community missions can take place under the following guidance.

GoodGym runners must:

  • Only attend a community mission if they are able to do so without the need for public transport - Please run, walk or cycle if you can

  • Only attend a community mission if they are well enough to do so and are following all the guidelines outlined here on this page.

What tasks can we do?

Based on current government guidance and supporting advice from Sport England, community missions can now:

Support any public service, charity or community project that has a sufficiently large working area, indoor or outdoor, for people to be working 2 metres apart at all times.

Essential guidance for all participants:

  • Where possible tools should not be shared or should cleaned between uses

  • Runners must bring their own gloves suitable for the task

  • Face coverings are not mandatory for GoodGym sessions although we recommend you wear one where possible, particularly if the task is indoors

  • You can list Community Missions for groups larger than six but you should still assess each task and limit the registration based on the following:

-Whether the working space allows participants to remain socially distanced

or

-The maximum number of people required to complete the task

or

-The number of tools available at the task

  • Runners should pay particular attention to the way in and a way out of any workspace and take care to avoid using narrow doors, passageways and corridors simultaneously

  • If you are arranging a social or exercise element to a GoodGym session that is physically done in person, you should follow current government guidance about the number of people you are able to meet. In England this is currently 6 people and in Wales it is limited to those from your or one other household

*** UPDATE - 09:00 GMT Wednesday 03 June 2020 ***

Throughout the Covid-19 outbreak, community missions have been focused on supporting organisations that provide essential support to services, including health and care systems and food distribution.

As restrictions lift, we’re now arriving at a point where we can start to help more.

Whilst we will continue to provide this essential support wherever possible we’re also providing the following guidance for additional tasks to begin to take place as community missions. Our priority remains keeping our members safe and to ensure we are not risking any spread of infection.

GoodGym runners must:

  • Only attend a community mission if they are able to do so without the need for public transport - Please run, walk or cycle if you can
  • Only attend a community mission if they are well enough to do so and are following all the guidelines outlined here

What tasks can we do?

Based on current government guidance and supporting advice from Sport England, community missions can now:

  • Support any public service, charity or community project that has a sufficiently large working area, indoor or outdoor, for people to be working 2 metres apart at all times

Essential guidance for all participants:

  • Tools must not be shared or must be cleaned between uses
  • Runners must bring their own gloves suitable for the task
  • Limit of six 6 people from separate households in England and 2 people from separate households in Wales
  • Runners should pay particular attention to the way in and a way out of any workspace and take care to avoid using narrow doors, passageways and corridors simultaneously

*** UPDATE - 10:00 GMT Wednesday 27 April 2020 ***

We've updated the way we do community missions to accomodate for organisations who need support the most.

From now on, when you list an opportunity with an organisation in a GoodGym area runners can: - Sign up to pledge to support that cause - See what other runners have also pledged - Log a good deed against that organisation - Tag other runners in their report

We’re hoping that this way of listing is making it easier for GoodGym members to join in together to support other organisations at this time.

You can see the full list of supported organisations currently listed here.

*** UPDATE - 11.00 GMT Wednesday 20 April 2020 ***

Update on GoodGym t-shirts

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak GoodGym t-shirts are currently on hold whilst our distributer, Mailout, is shut down. Once Mailout reopens there is likely to be a long wait for t-shirts as they work through the backlog.

If you have any further questions on this topic, please email tshirts@goodgym.org

*** UPDATE - 16.00 GMT Wednesday 15 April 2020 ***

Can a coach runner deliver to their coach?

We’ve had a few queries asking if coach runners are allowed to do deliveries if their coach needs essential food items or prescriptions picking up. We understand the need to help In this instance, please follow the below guidance:

Runners are allowed to do deliveries to their coach if they have done the Covid-19 training. We ask that you log your delivery as a community mission here to ensure we have a record of it.

Repeat delivery guidance for GoodGym runners: If you organise to do a delivery that is not through the GoodGym mission system, or for your existing GoodGym coach you should be aware of the following information.

By doing a repeat delivery you are likely to create an expectation that you will provide ongoing support to this person. This is a big commitment considering we do not yet know how long the social distancing measure will be in place. To mitigate this we suggest that you:

Set expectations Tell the person you are delivering to that they should not expect you to be delivering on a regular basis.

Maintain clear boundaries Do not help with any other tasks apart from making deliveries.

Always follow guidance As time goes on, it is important to continually implement the government guidance to limit the spread of Covid-19. Re-read your training on a regular basis and ensure you are implementing it.

*** UPDATE - 10.00 GMT Monday 12 April 2020 ***

During the Coronavirus outbreak, running responsibly is now more important than ever. In answer to the growing amount of questions on what is deemed acceptable or not when it comes to our allowed daily form of exercise, please follow the below guidance. This guidance will be updated regularly at 9:30am via our twitter page.

  • Stay local and use open spaces near to your home
  • Do not travel unnecessarily
  • Maintain a two metre distance from others
  • Run alone or with members of your household
  • Use garden space if you can
  • Wash your hands when you're back

*** UPDATE - 10.00 GMT Monday 20 March 2020 ***

The goal that we all have been working towards together, all of us at GoodGym, is happier, healthier and better connected cities. The Coronavirus is a direct challenge to all three goals of that mission. It drives us apart, it risks our health and it dampens our spirits. In these times, when we can no longer meet in groups we have to redefine what we do to meet this challenge.

Over this time we will be focusing our attention on providing essential support to vulnerable people during this crisis and supporting the organisations and people that provide this support. To do so safely we've made some changes to missions and community missions and produced new training to support it. To start helping on Monday, we all need to do this training.

What does this mean in practice?

Missions will now focus on safe food delivery to isolated people who are most in need during the coronavirus outbreak and supporting hospital discharge teams.

Community missions will focus on supporting the organisations that provide essential support to services, including the health and care systems and foodbanks.

We will be working with Local Authorities, the Red Cross and other partners. We are not sure of how many referrals we will receive but we know the demand is high so the more of us that complete the training the better. Missions are likely to be in higher demand initially. I encourage you to take this training and to follow its rules very carefully. By doing so we can prepare to make a difference to people in very difficult circumstances over the coming months. Alongside this we will be aiming to set ourselves a fitness challenge over the next few months to keep us active.

The training is now available on the website and can be completed here

*** UPDATE - 15.09 GMT Monday 16 March 2020 ***

Following extensive research, consultation with our trustees and work on how GoodGym as a community can play a positive role during the Coronavirus outbreak we have reached the conclusion to make these extensive changes to our operations.

As an organisation we aim to continue to provide important social and practical support to those who are isolated and to continue providing support to community projects and voluntary organisations, but we are making significant changes to our operations to reduce the chances that we are spreading Coronavirus.

The status of our activities is being monitored daily, the current status is below:

The government advice web page is here

The NHS England advice web page is here

In addition to the information contained on the government and NHS England web pages above we advise the following:

Advice to people going to GoodGym community missions

  • Do not attend a GoodGym group session if you are feeling unwell
  • Wash your hands soap before leaving to attend the session
  • Wash your hands with soap when arriving at the start location for group runs
  • If possible wash your hands with soap when arriving at the task location for community missions
  • Bring tissues with you to all sessions
  • If you need to cough or sneeze do so into a tissue and throw the tissue immediately into a bin
  • If you do not have a tissue cough or sneeze into your elbow. Do not use your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose with you hands

Advice to GoodGym members doing mission runs

  • Do not attend the home of an older person if you are feeling unwell
  • Bring tissues with you when you attend the home of an older person
  • Wash your hands with soap or hand sanitiser immediately after entering the home of an older person
  • If you need to cough, do so into a tissue and throw the tissue immediately into a bin
  • If you do not have a tissue, cough into your elbow. Do not use your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth or nose with you hands
Have your own GoodGym story to share with the community? Email getinvolved@goodgym.org and we'll be in touch.
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