Endurance GB statement on COVID-19
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Following the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday eventing (16/03/2020) warning against both unnecessary social contact and non-essential travel within the UK due to the Coronavirus crisis, the Board of Endurance GB has taken the decision to cancel all rides with immediate effect.
Following an emergency meeting, the Board agreed unanimously that in the light of the Government advice and in the interests of ensuring the sport placed no additional burden on the NHS or put the health and safety of members, volunteers and officials at risk, all ride activity would cease until at least the end of May.
Endurance GB Chair, Phil Nunnerley, said the situation would be under constant review in line with latest Government advice with the aim of resuming the season as soon as it is practical and safe to do so.
In the meantime, he said Endurance GB’s strong community would provide a bedrock of communication and mutual support.
This is a very sad situation, but I know that during the enforced absence of the sport from the calendar, our members will pull together, and our community will be an important focus for us all. I must underline again our thanks to all our organisers, officials, volunteers and staff for their support during these unprecedented times. We will continue to monitor the situation, will be in regular communication and will reopen sporting activity as soon as we are able.”
Endurance GB Operations Director, Esther Young, said that Ride Organisers were being contacted about the decision and that members will have their ride entries refunded.
Kerry Dawson, Endurance GB Communications Director, added that the Board would be looking at ways to boost communication and participation across Endurance GB’s social media channels in the coming weeks, including webinars and online training activity so that members can share experiences and maintain interest and focus on the sport.