Working with Covid-19 in the Outdoors
Coronavirus (Covid-19) specific information
We are opening our doors again this Summer from the start of July and will be operating within Government guidelines with your safety and the safety of our staff as our priority. We have adapted our procedures and practices in-line with guidelines. Some of our activities will be run slightly differently however we will still be delivering the highest quality experience.
Our decision making will be based on the following principles:
Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a threat to us all, no matter where we go or what we do. However, SAGE evidence suggests that outdoor activities may present a lower risk of virus transmission. Path to Adventure will base its activities on the following principals:
Safe - Course provision will be informed and guided by a public health assessment of risk. (Government advice through PHE, HPS etc.)
Lawful - We will adhere to government guidance and legal restrictions.
Evidence-based - We will use the best available activity-specific evidence and analysis to guide our decision making.
Socially responsible - We recognize that there must be a balance between economic growth and the welfare of local communities, society and the environment. Participants, Path to Adventure and our staff are accountable for fulfilling their civic duty; the actions of an individual must benefit the whole of society.
Clear - We will provide clarity to our participants, our partners and staff to enable compliance, engagement, and accountability.
Realistic - We will consider the viability and effectiveness of course delivery options through discussions with our scheme providers.
Currently we are running private sessions for up to 5 people with an instructor.
Extra time is planned in to allow for additional verbal briefings and demonstrations which may be needed so that we can maintain social distance.
Our venues and the time we use them are carefully considered to try and avoid honey pots at peak times.
Our kit is cleaned according to manufacturers guidelines and/or kept out of service for 72 hours after each use. See our Covid-19 kit and equipment sanitizing procedures.
Our instructors are following recommended hygiene practice as advised within government guidelines.
Hand sanitizer is available for use throughout sessions and where possible we are using venues with toilet and washing facilities. We advise you bring along your own hand sanitizer too.
Please note that although we have information about the nearest public facilities to our venues and hand sanitizer for your use, we will not be responsible for, or advise you on any Coronavirus (Covid-19) hygiene. It is your responsibility and choice to do what is appropriate during the activity. Guidance on Coronavirus (Covid-19) can be found on the government website gov.uk/coronavirus
We will ensure we meet the requirements of our Insurers and follow advice from our Professional Associations and National Governing Bodies.
Activities will require a pragmatic and mutually agreed approach between clients and instructors. Some objectives may not be feasible. The dynamic nature of being in the mountains, crags, rivers and our other working environments means that there may be occasions when ideal Covid-19 secure practice (in, for example, social distancing) cannot be maintained e.g. to deal with an immediate safety concern that takes priority.
What we provide:
Clear information at each stage of the booking.
A thorough approach to both our clients and our staff regarding current guidelines.
Masks will be available to our staff should they decide they are required, we do not provide either masks or gloves for clients. We ask that you bring a face covering to wear in case it is required.
Surgical masks and disposable gloves will be available for use in the event of an emergency in our first aid kits.
What happens if circumstances change due to Coronavirus (Covid-19):
In the event we are forced to cancel your activity at short notice for Coronavirus related reasons we are offering the choice of a voucher to postpone the activity or if you prefer a full refund. Full details of our policy can be viewed in our terms and conditions.
We ask clients to agree to the following:
1. To follow relevant home nation Government guidance on Coronavirus (Covid-19), specifically that you will not travel to nor attend guiding/instruction with Path to Adventure if you should be self-isolating according to national guidelines. Guidance on the specific symptoms and self-isolation measures are clearly available on the relevant home nations website.
2. To be asked to answer the following questions with the word ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ immediately prior to your course:
Now, or at any time in the last 14 days:
Do you have/have you had a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)?
Do you have a/have you had a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)?
Do you have or have you had a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal?
Are any of your household symptomatic of COVID-19 or have any of them been?
Are any of your household self-isolating or have any of them been? • To the best of your knowledge have you been in close contact with anyone else who is symptomatic of COVID-19?
3. To answer the following:
Do you accept that your participation in the booked activity may increase your risk of exposure to infection with the virus relative to no-participation?
Do you agree to inform your Instructor should you develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 any time within 14 days of the end of the activity? The Instructor undertakes to do the same.
Do you have any questions?:
Please do get in touch if you have any questions at all regarding our policies or how our activities may run. We are continuously evolving and adapting as new information becomes available or circumstances change. We endeavor to work with you to the best of our ability and knowledge through these challenging times and are happy to answer any questions you have. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org