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 Post subject: Indoor range access
PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2020 8:28 am 
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Dear Club Member

Background:

The Government guidance for grassroots sports/gym leisure facilities is available here

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-saf ... facilities

The guidance is very detailed but places the responsibility for sport specific guidance on NGBs.
Key points:

Indoor sports facilities in England may reopen from 25th July provided that the operator can do so safely and follow public health guidance
Local restrictions will apply and devolved Governments will publish guidance for Scotland, NI, Wales
Volunteers are to be afforded the same level of protection as workers or customers. This will apply to all Club operated indoor ranges and may present issues
The range operator must develop a site specific Covid-19 risk assessment, following the guidance and do this in conjunction with volunteers that are involved in the operation of the facility
The guidance provides a lot of detail around handwashing, hygiene, social distancing, surface cleaning that will already be familiar to Club officials/range operators
Operators will have to restrict access to the facility as a way to manage throughput, avoid breaches of social distancing and optimise the existing ventilation systems in place, whilst not causing harm to range users through lead contamination
Ventilation of the facility plays an important part in mitigating the spread of Covid-19. Section 5 of the guidance details specific requirements including the importance of fresh air circulation and limiting occupancy to allow 100 sqf per person
Range operators will need to fully understand the ventilation system for their range and its characteristics in order to comply with guidance provided by the CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) that is included in the Government guidance. https://www.cibse.org/coronavirus-covid ... m-lockdown
CIBSE recommends that areas that lack a direct supply of outside air be prohibited from use- this may apply to parts of many indoor ranges
CIBSE recommends that operators using “specialised ventilation systems” seek further advice from the “Institute of Local Exhaust Engineers”. https://www.cibse.org/Institute-of-Loca ... -Engineers
Indoor ranges rely on a laminar air flow pulled down the range with an extraction system rated 10% greater than the inlet producing a negative pressure down range. The air systems are to be switched on 20 minutes before use of the range and left on 30 minutes after use to remove dust and gasses after firing ceases. The consequence of this system is that Covid-19 in aerosol could be carried down the range and deposited onto targets, filters and range structures exposing users to Covid-19 when targets are changed or during the close down procedures when the extractor fan is still running. Operators will need to include in the risk assessment. In addition range operators should consider not handling contaminated filters for a fixed period of time to allow Covid-19 to “expire”, currently 72 hours
Range operators will need to consider the broader implications of Covid-19 on the existing operational and maintenance procedures (including cleaning) as part of the risk assessment process. For example, allow ventilation systems to run 24/7 and increase airflow and ventilation maintenance frequency
Indoor ranges may be located in buildings or structures that do not allow the implementation of the Guidelines, for example tunnel ranges or subterranean ranges with no doors/windows to the outside. On ranges where the only doors/windows are located near the firing point end of the range, ventilation may be difficult
Operators will have to consider mandating the use of PPE to protect volunteers and users, for example use of face masks and shields, gloves, aprons etc during set up, use and close down of the range
Contractors visiting the range to provide maintenance services will require separate risk assessment and procedures
Range waste including targets should be treated as if contaminated with Covid-19 which can remain on surfaces for up to 3 days
Operators will need to decide if retail activity such as ammunition sales, firearm rental, can be delivered safely
Operators will need to decide if training can be delivered safely



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 Post subject: Re: Indoor range access
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I know of an indoor range already open and shooting (They started last Thursday) Could this be because they are not affiliated the NSRA?

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The attached email was from the NRA.


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 Post subject: Re: Indoor range access
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The official date to resume is July 25th, we've been told by the NRA and our local councils Covid Compliance team that we were not allowed to open any earlier.

A club in Sunderland opened in June and was subsequently told to shut down again.

Another well known range near Scotland just off the A7 has been open for some time, you sit inside to shoot targets outside so God knows how they work that one out!.

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We are shooting 100 yards under a covered firing point twice a week right now. 3m segregation of bubble so a family plus a friend sort of thing. I sent a text today and got a reply back saying the range is all mine and mine only Friday PM and nobody shooting in the morning. That is proper separation in my mind.

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phaedra1106 wrote:
The official date to resume is July 25th, we've been told by the NRA and our local councils Covid Compliance team that we were not allowed to open any earlier.

A club in Sunderland opened in June and was subsequently told to shut down again.

Another well known range near Scotland just off the A7 has been open for some time, you sit inside to shoot targets outside so God knows how they work that one out!.

I've been there shooting for the last 4 weeks
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Indeed, quite a few of our members go up there :)

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Indeed, quite a few of our members go up there :)


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We had a rehearsal tonight in preparation for opening the indoor range from the 1st of August using an online booking system.
Our outdoor range will open on the 1st of August from 09:00 till Dusk. 6 people allowed on firing points at any one time no more than 30 people to be on the range socially distancing.
MOD ranges booked up until October.
Phew I think I deserve a beer.
I had an interesting conversation with another North East Club Secretary that rang me for advice on the new documentation needed to book MOD ranges.
One very unhappy bunny is most annoyed with the NRA. But those kinds of phone calls are more and more frequent.
Anyway, that's enough of that.
Time to clean the guns.
As an aside what never seems to amaze me is how dumb some people are. The rules say a group of 30 people can be accommodated so I split the range in half. 30 in the morning. 30 in the afternoon.
So 60 shooters on the day. I got an email sorry Dave I missed your emails I will just turn up on the day and shoot whenever I can. ****


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 Post subject: Re: Indoor range access
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Believe me you are not alone, it's like herding cats at times. :good:

I have 4 dates organised for our members, two at Otterburn and two at Ponteland.

I've limited the shoots to 24 people so they can distance 2 to a firing point plus various range staff.

The amount of paperwork and effort involved has been ridiculous.

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