Coronavirus and Club Activities
Update 18 March
The BMC has now issued this guidance on climbing outdoors and hillwalking:
The weekend meet to Patterdale has been cancelled
Issued 16 March 2020
The situation is developing very quickly, but it is becoming clear that this will have an effect on all aspects of our lives, not just climbing and walking, for at least the next few weeks and months, and possibly longer.
First, we ask all members to keep themselves up to date with the latest guidance from the government and NHS.
If you or members of your family show symptoms please follow the appropriate guidance and do not participate in any Club activities until fully recovered.
If you have recently returned from a high-risk area, again please follow official advice and self-isolate if advised to do so.
Please follow official guidance on personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. This may be more difficult outdoors, but please use hand sanitisers, wipes etc to maintain good hygiene. This seems to be the best way to protect yourself against the virus.
Please think not only of your own personal health but that of family, friends and the wider public.
On 16 March 2020 the government issued a statement advising against unnecessary travel and non-essential social contact. You can read the full statement here:
HOW ARE CLUB ACTIVITIES AFFECTED?
The BMC has issued this advice on using climbing huts, which have the potential to be easy places for COVID-19 to spread:
Nevertheless, the meet for the weekend of 20-21 March will go ahead, for those who still wish to go. We are not yet under curfew and it is up to members to decide for themselves, having regard to both the government’s and BMC’s advice.
If you are booked on this meet but decide to cancel then regrettably the Club’s cancellation policy will still apply and you must pay for the place, unless someone else takes it. The Club must pay for all beds it has booked whether or not they are used, and we cannot afford to use up Club reserves to pay for cancelled places. This would not be fair on members who do not go on weekend meets, and could jeopardise the future of the Club.
Future weekend meets are under review. Government advice may have changed again by the time these come around.
Your attention is drawn to the discussion on UKClimbing.com on whether it is appropriate to visit climbing walls, and in particular to this article by a professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham. In his opinion climbing walls represent a significant risk of infection and he argues strongly that the responsible course of action is to avoid them:
Climbing walls could be regarded as “non-essential social contact” in the context of the government’s statement of 16 March.
The committee therefore recommends that members avoid going to climbing walls, however the decision is yours.
Outdoor Climbing and Walking
These are possibly less risky than indoor climbing and the Club will be going ahead with its programme of outdoor climbing and walking. However please consider social distancing and personal hygiene.
This advice may have to be revised as the situation develops. Please keep checking the Club’s website regularly.