28th May 2020 – Announcement from Martin Overall, Captain:
I have had a number of requests to open up shooting in Dorset, especially the outdoor shoots, which we have considered carefully. Our view is that the risks are too high with regards to transmission of the COVID 19 virus and we would break the social distancing/group meeting rules as set out by the Government.
The main challenges are:
– Setting up the range and cleaning all surfaces prior to shooting
– hanging and handling of cards to be scored
– use and cleaning of toilets
– clearing of the range at the end of the event
– issuing of trophies/medals (which is not essential, but nice to have).
All of these activities offer a high to medium risk of infection if anyone is an unknown carrier of the virus plus the general demographic of shooters does put the majority of us all in a higher risk grup. I am not sure we would even get the numbers attending to make the event cost effective with this added risk and a general reluctance to meet away from home.
As a County we have a duty of care to each and every shooter who comes to our events and unfortunately I do not think we can meet these obligations satisfactorily. Therefore I have taken the view that we will not be holding any events during 2020 at Piddlehinton. I am sorry for this sad news and hope we will be in a better position to enjoy this fantastic weather (fingers crossed) at our shoots next year.
Please take care of yourself and I hope to see you in 2021.