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COVID-19 Rules for organised outdoor shooting events

April 2021, Wales

National Sports Governing Body (National Rifle Association)

COVID SECURE PROCEDURES FOR THE USE OF RANGES

Phoenix Shooters Association –

From the 29th March 2021 outdoor sports facilities in England were allowed to reopen. People will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports in accordance with guidance and procedures issued by NGBs.

From 26th April 2021, formally organised sport in Wales can restart, but with no more than thirty people in total, and in accordance with guidance and procedures issued by NGBs

This document details the NRA procedures to be followed, and is in addition to normal range regulations, which remain extant and the authoritative document.

The safety of our shooters remains our priority.

  • Persons travelling to shoots are responsible for compliance with Covid-19 restrictions set by the Devolved Administrations, including travel restrictions in addition to any local Covid-19 restrictions applicable in their location.
  • Anyone attending a Phoenix Shooters Association [PSA] shoot must undertake a self-assessment for any Covid-19 symptoms before travelling to a shoot.
  • No one should leave home if they, or someone they live with, has symptoms of Covid-19.
  • If you are feeling unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms, please do not visit a PSA shoot, no matter how mild the symptoms. PSA has put in place COVID-secure procedures for our shoots. Please adhere to any notices and instructions. You must maintain social distancing at all times, and practice regular hand hygiene throughout your time at the shoot.

Any changes to Covid-Secure Procedures will be publicised via our website, the PSA News, or e-mails to members.

COVID PROCEDURES FOR CLUBS / RECREATIONAL SHOOTING

GENERAL

All personnel attending a PSA shoot are to:

  1. Adhere to Covid related signage with particular regards to social distancing and hand hygiene.
  2. Sanitise hands regularly. Hand sanitiser will be provided, but please bring your own as well.
  3. Observe social distancing in all areas.
  4. In order to be effective personal hand sanitiser must be at least 60% alcohol.
  5. All shoots must be pre-booked.
  6. Range bookings will recorded for “Test and Trace” within the club.
  7. Affiliated Club Guest Days and probationary training are not permitted at this stage.

ARRIVAL AND RECEPTION

 Social distancing is to be observed at all times.  Please observe the 2m separation rule when you are not shooting.

PLEASE DO: Wear gloves and have a face covering ready.

FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION

There will be NO ammunition sales on site.

There will be NO exchanging of rifles/pistols/shotguns/equipment except between members of an individual household or bubble.

ON THE RANGES THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES ARE TO BE ADHERED TO:

Close face to face contact should be avoided.

Sanitise all range contact surfaces and equipment with the sanitiser and wipes. This process must be repeated if shooters are rotated.

YOU MUST STAY 2 METRES APART FROM PEOPLE YOU DO NOT LIVE WITH OR WHO ARE NOT A PART OF YOUR BUBBLE

Face coverings are to be worn in the butts at Sealand.

The RO is responsible for ensuring that Covid procedures and social distancing is observed.

If 2m spacing cannot be maintained in other circumstances, face coverings are to be worn.

On the firing point Shooters are to attract the attention of the RO by raising a hand, they are not to call out.

In the case of airguns ONLY – Shooters are responsible for declaring their own gun clear. They are to carry out a 2 point check: 

o In the chamber

o In the magazine housing

A declaration of “Clear” is to be made to the RO who may conduct a secondary check from a safe distance.

The RO is to operate from behind the shooter and avoid being directly alongside.

Other than air guns, normal procedures will apply.

ROS must have a face covering available for use should they be required to approach a shooter.

In the event of a fault on target equipment the shooter is to report the fault to the RO, unload, and move away from the equipment whilst it is repaired/adjusted.

In the event of a firearm fault/malfunction the firearm is to be made as safe as possible laid flat pointing at the target and the armourer tasked. The firearm is not to be left on a bipod.

ON NO ACCOUNT MUST A LOADED FIREARM BE REMOVED FROM THE RANGE

In the event of an injury please inform the staff, who will respond as normal and assess the situation. Follow up action will depend on the severity of the situation.

 Minor bumps, scrapes and cuts will be dealt with by self-help, sterile dressings may be provided.

MARKING OF TARGETS (Sealand)

The target marker is to sanitise all contact surfaces on arrival. The process is to be repeated on any changeover of the markers.

Sanitising fluids, wipes and protective gloves will be available for use by the target markers.

Marking equipment such as patches, marker boards etc are not to be shared.

All markers and RCS to wear masks when in the butts.

ON COMPLETION OF THE SHOOT:

The club is responsible for ensuring that all surfaces and equipment remaining on-site are sanitised prior to departure.

All contaminated PPE and wipes are to be disposed of in the bag provided, the bag will be sealed.

SOCIAL DISTANCING OF 2m IS TO BE MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT.

ALL CONTAMINATED PPE AND WIPES ARE TO BE DISPOSED OF IN THE BAG PROVIDED, THE BAG WILL BE SEALED.

THE RO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THAT COVID PROCEDURES AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS OBSERVED.