A number of questions have been asked about whether the Coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect the staging of the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Liverpool on March 14th..

12th March update

Athletes are recommended to bring soap or hand sanitiser to the championships so they can wash their hands in the toilets on site.

Personalised kit from Pro:Direct will not be available on the day as their staff have been told not to travel. Athletes should check with New Balance at their stand about buying items. Anything already ordered, or that you wish to buy online now, will be posted out to you.

The latest guidance from the NHS (and also the Government press conference on Thursday afternoon) is still as follows:

Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.
You only need to stay away from public places if you've been:

  • to Hubei province in China in the last 14 days
  • to Iran, areas of northern Italy in lockdown or "special care zone" areas in South Korea since 19 February
  • to other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath
  • to other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos or Myanmar since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath
  • in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus
For this reason, we are continuing to plan for the Championships to go ahead as normal. If any schools in your county have been directly affected by any of the issues listed above, we would expect the county association to take note of the guidance and, if necessary, withdraw any affected athlete from their team, so as to reduce any possibility of the spread of the disease. Otherwise, as has been stated by the IOC regarding Tokyo 2020, it is 'business as usual'.

If the advice we receive changes at any stage, we will circulate it to county associations, as well as on social media as appropriate.