Coronavirus Update: 18th March 2020

General News

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The National Rifle Association and National Shooting Centre continue to closely monitor updates from the statutory authorities and Chief Medical Officers.

Our rifle and shotgun ranges are open and will remain so as long as:-

  • we have sufficient staff to ensure range safety and proper levels of service;
  • there are sufficient shooters to justify the staff resources; and
  • the statutory authorities do not issue advice that we should close.

We are determined to offer target shooters the opportunity to enjoy open spaces, fresh air, and challenging shooting at Bisley to enhance their well-being during these challenging times. Please note the following:-


Spring Action Weekend (SAW) / Historic Service Rifle Match (HSRM)

The SAW and HSRM (28th / 29th March 2020) have been cancelled because of the high concentrations of shooters and ROs on firing points. All entry fees will be refunded or credited in full.

Other NRA Competitions and Training Courses

All other NRA competitions (Imperial, Phoenix etc.) and training courses are scheduled as normal; we will keep this under constant review.

Pavilion and Clays Cafés

Both cafés will be closed from Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice, in line with government advice that such facilities should be avoided.


Social Distancing

Shooters are advised to follow the latest government advice on social distancing, and be thoughtful about the number of firers on targets.

Anti-Viral Cleaning

We have increased the cleaning regime for frequently touched surfaces, including reception areas, ablutions, hire rifles and shotguns, shooting mats, range radios and ear defenders.

Vulnerable Groups

Shooters should familiarise themselves with the latest guidance about groups most at risk from the virus before travelling to Bisley.


How is it spread?

The spread of COVID-19 is most likely to happen when there is close contact (within 2 metres) with an infected person. It is likely that the risk increases the longer someone has close contact with an infected person.

What to do if you or a visitor begin to feel unwell:

Should any individual feel unwell, particularly if they are experiencing a dry cough or high temperature, they must not travel to Bisley but should follow government guidelines about self-isolation or call the NHS 111 phone service.  Anyone entering the main public areas – range office, reception or Clays – showing signs of coughing or flu like symptoms, will be politely asked to withdraw from counters or leave the building

Handwashing and Hygiene:

We are all advised to maintain a good handwashing hygiene routine. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are unavailable.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue into the bin. Remember the saying “Catch It, Bin It, Kill It.”

Surfaces Sanitising:

Viruses can be transferred to and by peoples’ hands; therefore regular hand hygiene and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces will help to reduce the risk of infection.


NRA staff are advised not to wear facemasks as protection against the virus. Facemasks are recommended to be worn by symptomatic individuals to reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to other people.

Further details can be found


Andrew Mercer

Secretary General, National Rifle Association

Chief Executive, National Shooting Centre

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