Updated SOA Statement on COVID-19

Initial steps towards lifting some lockdown requirements recently announced in England and Scotland show some divergence in approaches. The Scottish Orienteering Association is aligned with the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland approach.  Hence the only change to date for Scotland is that exercising more than once per day is permitted.

The following guidelines must still be observed:

  • Only undertake exercise by yourself or with members of your household.
  • Always keep a distance of at least two meters away from people who are not members of your household including when exercising 
  • Using your car to access any areas is still NOT permitted, so continue to enjoy exercising from your home and exploring your local area for now.

The suspension of organised and registered outdoor orienteering events and activities remains in place.  There is no suspension of virtual orienteering events.

SOA are continuing to issue the daily puzzle and have planners workshops, guest speakers and the Jamie Stevenson Trophy all happening online to keep you engaged over the coming weeks. 

Scottish Orienteering fully appreciates the impact of COVID-19 on our sport, our clubs and community as well as the wider society. We remain committed to highlighting the mental, physical and social benefits of orienteering albeit in an altered form just now. The time will come when we can get back to enjoying our sport in some of our favourite locations and seeing our friends within the sport. However, for now the government guidance remains in place: stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.