Coronavirus information for GoodGym activities

Advice for anyone attending GoodGym activities

March 16, 2020

Have your own GoodGym story to share with the community? Email getinvolved@goodgym.org and we'll be in touch.

*** 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:


Activity Status
Group sessions Group runs will stop 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 will continue to operate but have been suspended the week commencing Monday 16th March. From now on runners must complete new training before organising and attending community missions. We will aim to focus on high-impact tasks to support community services and task that have minimal risk of spreading Coronavirus. If you are organising what you consider to be an essential community mission task this week please contact Ed and he will support you.
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Coach runs Face-to-face coach runs will be replaced with calls. We will be encouraging all coach runners to replace visits with phone calls or video calls where possible.
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Mission runs Missions will continue to operate during this period with enhanced safety procedures. We will work 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 will produce criteria ensuring we are carrying out only urgent and impactful tasks or those that have little or no risk of transmitting Coronavirus. We will change our policy to allow missions to go ahead with one runner where it is appropriate.

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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