Coronavirus Statement from Metro Blind Sport

Metro Blind Sport Lockdown Status

Lockdown  Status: Metro Blind Sport

Sorry all face to face events are now Cancelled due to the new Government Lockdown

We will update this page once that Lockdown status has changed, please keep checking the website as we will update the homepage as soon any events can re-start

The latest government Information on the current lockdown status can be found here:

Stay at home

This means you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:

  • for childcare or education, where this is not provided online
  • for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
  • to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).
  • for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm – such as domestic abuse
  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible
  • to visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer


Metro Blind Sport original Coronavirus update – May 2020

Considering the current Coronavirus pandemic, and the suspension of all Metro Blind Sport face-to-face activity, Metro Blind Sport is having to respond to the pressures that it currently faces.

Consequently, Metro Blind Sport has made the decision to furlough or redeploy most of the staff until sporting events start up again. This decision will be reviewed on a regular basis, in line with the government advice, in order that we can recommence activity as soon as it is safe to do so.

We understand that this comes at a difficult time for our members, volunteers, coaches, partners and the whole sport and physical activity community. However, the difficult decision has been made in consultation with our board of trustees and major funders.

From Friday 15th May, I will remain actively working for Metro Blind Sport, although this will be under regular review. I will continue to distribute regular updates through our twitter account and by newsflashes where appropriate. We are aiming to continue to deliver the Zoom meetings that are advertised on our website.

Our regular monthly newsletter will, however, not be sent out. Our website remains a source of very useful information but please note that it will not be updated as often whilst our staff are on furlough.

I would encourage you where possible, for members to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

We are very sorry that we have had to take this action and we will update you in due course.

Kind regards

Martin Symcox

CEO Metro Blind Sport


Metro Blind Sport has suspended all face-to-face activity and likely for a considerable time yet.

We will continue to review the government advice closely and we will, of course, start activity again when it is safe to do so.

Information regarding specific Metro Blind Sport activity is detailed at the bottom of this statement.

The decision has been taken in the interests of our members, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider visually impaired communities. This decision is also in alignment with many of the sport governing bodies.

Where possible, members are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

Metro Blind Sport will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide updates on the impact to our organisation in the coming weeks. We appreciate that the current situation will undoubtedly place our members in a difficult situation and we are working on the best way to help alleviate the situation and will update you as plans evolve.

Social distancing and advice

Social distancing measures (as defined by Public Health England as spending more than 15 minutes and within a 2-metre distance talking to someone) are now advised not only if we test positive or have symptoms, but in day to day life.  As well as current travel advice, the current UK government is advising anyone with a “new, continuous” cough or high temperature and those they live with need to self-isolate for 14 days.

At Risk groups

The latest advice from the government’s chief medical adviser is that those over 70 currently do not need to be self-isolating. However, in the coming days, every Briton over the age of 70 and those in at-risk groups over the age of 70 will be advised to be “largely shielded from social contact” for 12 weeks to help protect themselves. Those with underlying medical issues such as high blood pressure, lung complaints and weakened or compromised immune systems are more likely to develop serious illness as a result of the disease.

Anyone with a higher risk from viruses such as cold or flu should take sensible steps to reduce the risk of picking up infections. Click here for NHS advice on infection control – it is summarized below:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services
  • Click here for the government’s advice if you have symptoms


Latest and Practical information


Helpful info from the BBC


Metro Annual Athletics Open 2020 is cancelled

As we have mentioned, we will keep our members updated on any changes as and when they occur and keep you informed when we recommence activities. Our thoughts are certainly with you at these unprecedented times. Stay safe and we will be in contact.

Kind regards

Martin Symcox

CEO Metro Blind Sport

Andy Law

Chair Metro Blind Sport


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