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March 12th, 2020

Statement regarding Coronavirus

Firstly, thank you for your patience waiting for a statement as the event quickly approaches.

Our reason for delaying making a statement and decision regarding this weeks event was so that we could appraise the government’s statements and actions today.

As you may have seen, the Prime Minister, and leading health officials concluded their press conference this evening where they outlined the first steps of the delay phase. You can watch the PM’s statement here, and read the summary and commentary – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-us-canada-51847128

 

In the absence of further advice, recommendations or stipulations regarding events and public gatherings in the UK, we have taken the decision to continue with the March Mayhem event this weekend.

 

This isn’t a decision that has been taken lightly, however we believe that the immediate nature of the event, along with the guidance of the UK’s leading science officials, means that the correct decision is to continue with the event.

 

As mentioned in our previous statement below, we had already started to introduce additional protective measures for event attendees. We have now extended these to include the following:

 

Staff, athletes and spectators are advised to stay at home if they show any signs of illness

Additional hand soap and disposable hand towels to be placed in every toilet

Anti bacterial wipes to be used to clean equipment between heats

AB wipes to be available on Athlete Control and on the floor for athletes to use

Cleaning team briefed to clean all door handles and contact points at regular intervals

Doors to be left open wherever possible to reduce contact points and increase air flow

Sanitary guidelines to be posted around the event venue

Staff will be told not to initiate physical contact with athletes

Systems allowing for staff breaks to allow for additional hand washing will be introduced

Judges will be told to maintain additional distance from athletes during workouts where possible

Athletes are advised not to initiate contact with staff or other athletes

Athletes advised to wash their hands before and after every workout

 

We are committed to working as hard as we can to enforce all of these measures, and we will spend the next day considering anything else that we can do.

 

However, every attendee carries their own responsibility also that we expect them to uphold.

If you do show any symptoms of the virus, do not attend this event.

If you are unsure about this, please refer to the NHS guidelines and advice – https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Wash your hands. Wash them often. And spend a long time washing them. We fully expect every person attending the event to uphold this. The same as you would if you were to not attend the event, and encountered other people in any other walk of life.

 

We do not expect to make any further comment regarding coronavirus, or the likelihood of the event taking place. We have an event to prepare, and now that the government has stated it’s position and given it’s advice, we are fully committed to providing the best event we can for everyone that decides to attend.

 

John Priest,

Event Director

 

 

 

 

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March 5th, 2020

Statement regarding coronavirus

The safety and health of our staff, athletes, partners and all attendees are of the utmost priority for us. As we are sure most of you are, we are monitoring the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK very closely. The main source of definitive information regarding this is found on the government website

In addition, you can read about how our government plans to tackle future stages and escalation of the virus outbreak here

In the last link above, you will notice that one of the methods of delaying measures is to restrict large scale gatherings. It is hard to know at what number the government may set the definition of large scale gathering, however our expected event attendance of 900 people per day would fall under almost all definitions established by other European countries.

We fully expect that March Mayhem will go ahead, based on all of the information available.

Whilst there are no required methods from the relevant health authorities, we have taken extra steps to increase the safety of all attendees.

• Every toilet will have multiple four litre hand soap dispensers in.
• Cleaning staff will regularly clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles.
• Event staff will have a large supply of anti-bacterial wipes which they will use to frequently clean equipment on the event floor and in the warm up area.
• Anti-bacterial wipes will be available on the event floor for athletes to use as they wish.

We ask and advise all March Mayhem attendees to observe the hygiene safety measures recommended by the NHS.

Most notably:
• Wash your hands thoroughly and often. We recommend that athletes wash their hands before and after each workout
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
• Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.

Currently there are no restrictions or bans in place for any events, particularly events of our size, and we do not expect any visitors to the event from any areas at risk as outlines on the government pages above. As such, we believe that the correct decision is to continue as planned with the March Mayhem event on March 14-15.

We will be following developments closely over the coming days. If anything happens that forces us to rethink our decision, we will update our communication immediately.

Kind regards,
John Priest

Event Director