To our students, members and families,

As you know, the UK and world are facing a new pandemic of the Coronavirus more specifically the COVID-19 strain and we wish to share some news related to ESKA and its members.

Latest Government News

The Government has announced that we are moving out of the contain phase and into delay, this is in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The risk to the UK has been raised from moderate to high.

Anyone who shows certain symptoms is now being asked to self-isolate for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection. The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The latest information and advice can be found on the NHS website:

March Grading

As always, our primary concern is for our people, and ensuring the safety of all our students, members and families. To that end we have made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming KYU grading on 29th March 2020.

This decision hasn’t been taken lightly, however the risk involved in holding such an event in a public place was too great.

We know some of you would have handed your forms in and paid for your grading already. We would ask you to speak to your club instructors who will be able to advise you further.

Lesson Continuation

Whilst a public event that hosts 100’s of people in 1 place like the grading carries a significant risk. At this stage following the government advice around schools, nursery’s and clubs, our member clubs will remain open.

This may change in the future as we look to closely follow government advice, in order to protect our people as best we can. For more information please speak to your club instructors.

Whilst lessons will continue, we would ask that you closely monitor the health of yourselves and your family. If you believe that anyone in your family is presenting the symptoms mentioned above, we would ask that you do not attend ANY lessons and self-isolate as advised.

Focus on hygiene and cleanliness

Maintaining the highest levels of hygiene and cleanliness is more important than ever. This includes:     

  • Wash hands thoroughly using anti-microbial hand soap, following the timed handwashing programme and whenever your hands could have been contaminated
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. Discard used tissues immediately and wash hands
  • If you or any staff are showing the symptoms of the virus* stay at home
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and a cough
  • Continue to sanitise hand contact surfaces such as door handles, kiosk screens and tablets frequently throughout the day
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean, or avoid contact with these areas in general.

Your club instructors may introduce certain steps before a lesson to limit the risk of disease transmission, such as all students washing their hands. Please can we ask that you follow their advice as its in you and your family’s best interest.

Further advice

We will continue to monitor the government’s latest advice and ensure our policies match these as closely as possible.

If you or a member of your close family has contracted the virus, please can we ask that you make your club instructor aware, so that steps can be taken to ensure no further transmission to other students.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this note, please contact your club instructor in confidence.

Kind Regards,
Sensei Michael Nursey
ESKA Chief Instructor

*What are the symptoms of Coronavirus? The typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough, chest tightness or shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, do not go to a GP surgery or hospital. Call your GP, stay indoors, avoid close contact with other people and tell them about any recent travel and any symptoms you have.

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