COVID Guidelines ahead of the British Championships – Updated 1st December

Updated: Wednesday 1st December

The long-awaited return of competitive Judo in the UK will have us all excited, but we cannot stress the importance of a safe return. The British Judo Association have worked extremely hard over the past 18 months to provide a safe return to judo, and we want to reassure all visitors that attend either weekend of the National Championships are safe.

From Tuesday 30th November, temporary and precautionary measures were implemented by the UK Government to prevent the spread of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

In order to protect our sport, athletes and Judo Community, we will be introducing further measures at our upcoming British National Championships event. These changes include compulsory face masks/coverings at all times and mandatory testing prior to the event.


Once you arrive at the venue, there will be dedicated queues set out to assist the entry process. Ahead of entering the building, please ensure that you have your COVID PASS* ready to show to the event stewards and you are wearing a face covering or mask.

We also urge visitors to regularly wash their hands using warm water and soap as well as using the hand sanitiser stations which are made available.


Please note that this year’s Championships will be a cashless event. Entry tickets and merchandise will be available to purchase using card, contactless and device payment methods such as Apple, Samsung and Google Pay.


Spectator tickets will be available to purchase on each day of the Championships. Prices are as follows.

Adults – £6

Concessions/Children/60+ – £3

There will be no family ticket or weekend ticket options available. Please note that we will be running as a ‘cashless event’ so tickets will need to be paid with by card, contactless or device payment methods such as Apple, Samsung and Google Pay.


Face coverings will be mandatory in all areas of the venue, including the entrance hall. Where worn correctly, face coverings and masks can reduce the risk of transmission.

Exceptions where masks are not mandatory:

  • On the field of play tatami
  • During warm up within the designated warm up area
  • When sitting eating or drinking

Some people, including children under 11, are exempt from having to wear face coverings in any setting, please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances.

From 30 November 2021, there are some places where you must wear a face covering by law, this includes public transport. Please be vigilant and mindful of others when travelling to and from the British Championships.


All visitors aged 11 and over must take and report a rapid lateral flow test (LFD test) 24 hours prior to your arrival at the venue, regardless of your vaccination status.

Test results must be reported to the NHS in order to receive confirmation of your result. Your lateral flow test result will then be available on your NHS COVID Pass or will be communicated by e-mail or text message (from NHS Test and Trace).

Individuals aged 16 and over will be able to report their own test result online using the report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test service. If you cannot use the online service, call 119 (free from mobiles and landlines). Those aged between 11 and 15 will need to have their test result reported by a parent or guardian.

Fully vaccinated guests, including those who have received a booster vaccination will still be required to test and report ahead of the weekend.

Test kits can be obtained free of charge from workplaces or educational settings such as schools and universities. Test kits can also be ordered free of charge online with delivery within 48 hours of ordering. A single testing pack contains 7 rapid tests. Order your test kit here.

Where a lateral flow test cannot be taken due to an exemption, this should be demonstrated through your NHS COVID Pass e.g., if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.


If your rapid lateral flow test result is positive, you must self-isolate straight away to avoid spreading the infection to other people and book a PCR test to confirm your result. Please refer to NHS.UK for full testing guidance.

Do not travel or attend the event if you test positive for COVID-19 or if you are currently isolating. If you have been in close contact of someone who has tested positive for the Omicron variant, you must not attend and self-isolate immediately.

Any individual who tests positive for the COVID-19 Omicron variant or comes into contact with a positive case is now required to isolate, by law, for 10 days regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.


If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days with a PCR test, you should not test again using either PCR or rapid lateral flow tests for 90 days, unless you develop new symptoms during this time. If symptoms reoccur you should be retested immediately using PCR.

This 90-day period is from the initial onset of symptoms or if asymptomatic when a positive test result was confirmed.


Do not attend the event if you or anybody in your household is displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

If you have any of these 3 COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild you should self-isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test. These tests are available at drive in test centres and also as home testing kits. You can book or order a PCR test here.

  • High temperature
  • New continuous cough
  • Loss of or change in sense of smell or taste

Please do not travel or attend the event if:

  • You feel unwell and are displaying COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days
  • You have been contacted by NHS test and trace and have been asked to self-isolate
  • You have recently returned from travelling abroad


The British Judo Association is closely monitoring and following Official Government Guidance which is dynamic to the current COVID-19 circumstances in the UK. The information above is correct as of Wednesday 1st December from NHS.UK and GOV.UK.