We are continuing to monitor the situation relating to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) closely and are taking advice from Public Health England and The World Health Organisation as the situation evolves.
Today, the government advised that mass scale events should still go ahead. At present, the 2020 London Landmarks Half Marathon is still scheduled to take place on 29 March.
We take the health and safety of all participants extremely seriously and will continue to remain vigilant to government advice and are working with our Event Medical Director to coordinate and implement increased measures on race day to reduce the risks for everyone involved.
These measures include:
- We will no longer be handing out Ooho pods at hydration station 5 to reduce hand to mouth contact. These will be replaced with paper cups
- Our volunteers at our water stations will be briefed to hold paper cups from the bottom, as opposed to passing them to you by from the rim which is the traditional method
- We will no longer be handing out sweets at stations 2 and 6 to reduce hand to mouth contact
- Our charity partners have been briefed to not hand out sweets at any of their cheer stations
- We will be providing hand sanitiser at communal areas and at our water refill stations
- If you are feeling unwell, our Event Medical Director advises that you should not run and to call NHS 111 and explain your current symptoms.
All those who have travelled to the affected countries will need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
In the lead up to race day, we ask all those involved to maintain the highest levels of hygiene. Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the following general cold and flu precautions should be taken to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
- Dispose of used tissues in the bin straight away
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. See hand washing guidance
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
We will continue to provide further updates as soon as possible should the circumstances change.