COVID-19: Current Situation
The below is an overview on the current situation for OutdoorLads events in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. We have also includes our most recent statement on the issue below that.
For our previously issued statements, please visit our Archive Page.
Update: Tuesday 5th January 2021
Following the announcement on the 4th of January that England and Scotland would be entering full lockdowns, and with Wales already in lockdown, OutdoorLads is now unable to run any in-person events at all in England, Wales and Scotland, with immediate effect.
We will continue to put on our popular #StayinMore events during this period, to help keep our members connected, entertained and just because they have been a bit of fun and light relief for many! Please continue to support our enthusiastic leaders who are running these events – and to those leaders, a big thank you.
Whilst we miss getting outdoors, attending events, and meeting with our OutdoorLads friends old and new, we are feeling hopeful that a return to what we love will happen eventually. We can’t wait to Get Out More again and see all our loyal members and friends.
In line with this cautious optimism, we have left some events which are still a while away away live on our website, in the hope that the situation could change between now and then. These events will only proceed if it is permitted at the time, and felt safe to do so.
We have been planning behind the scenes for a great 2021 once the situation allows, and we’ll soon be letting members know of some key events we have lined up for later this year. Whilst they will come with the necessary caveats, we felt it important to give us all something to look forward to as we’ll all be very keen to #GetOutMore once the situation allows!
Take care and keep safe.
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. You can find the NHS self-isolation guidance here.
- The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a high temperature, a new continuous cough, and a loss or change to your sense of taste and/or smell.
- You may be subject to local lockdown restrictions, which you must fully comply with. Details of the location of these restrictions can be found here for England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
- We do not encourage car sharing to events during the pandemic. Please comply with the safety travel guidance for England, Wales, and Scotland. Face coverings should be worn on public transport.
- All are required to practice social distancing – staying 2m (not 1m) apart at all times, including the lunch stop. Remember: Face, Hands, Space.
- Unfortunately, there won’t be any planned pub / café stops en route or at the end, and please don’t share sweets or snacks with others – we’re sorry!
- Please bring your own hand sanitising gel for your own use throughout the day. Use of face coverings is at your own choice, but please bring one with you just in case it's needed. Please bring any other PPE items required. Bring a disposable bag for any used PPE.
- Members are advised to bring their own small first aid kit for personal use.
- On walks, one person to hold open gates etc and allow everyone to walk through – so minimising surfaces that multiple people touch. Please avoid sharing equipment.
- Be aware that opportunities for toilet stops may be minimal if facilities are closed.
- Please, please cancel at your earliest opportunity if you are unable to attend or are unwell, so that we can allow others to take up these valuable event spaces.
- Much as it's difficult - no handshakes or hugs!
COVID-19: Events Participation Statement
OutdoorLads draws your attention to the fact that travelling and being away from home increases the risk of receiving and transmitting Coronavirus, whilst it is present in the UK. You are likely to choose not to participate in OutdoorLads events whilst there is a risk of Coronavirus transmission. However, should you choose to participate in OutdoorLads events whilst the risk is present, you must be aware of and follow the law and government guidelines, both when travelling to and from events as well as when participating in events.
Please note that every person participating should be aware of (and accept) that those members perceived as ‘in charge’ or leading the event are not experts, do not need to be experts, and are not regarded by OutdoorLads, or themselves as experts, but are amateurs with some experience in the event type and who are happy to impart their knowledge. Any advice given should be considered with this in mind by the recipient.
By signing up to and attending an OutdoorLads event, you are confirming that you have read, understood and accept the content of this statement.
The following wording will appear on all event pages for events taking place in Wales, and all people attending an event in Wales will be asked to confirm they agree with all points of the below statement at the start of the event:
- I do not currently have symptoms of COVID-19 (new persistent dry cough, fever, loss of taste or smell)
- I have not had a positive test for COVID-19 or onset of symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days. (Individuals who have completed their period of isolation (10 days) and have no remaining symptoms (other than a dry cough or loss of taste or smell which can last for some time) may return to normal activities)
- No member of my household has had symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days
- I have not been contacted by a contact tracer from the Test, Trace and Protect Programme and told to isolate in the last 14 days as a contact of someone with confirmed COVID-19
- I have not returned from a country outside of the UK in the last 14 days, other than those on the exempt list (https://gov.wales/exemptions-self-isolation-coronavirus-covid-19-html)
Please note: People living in English Tier 1 and Tier 2 areas must NOT travel to any part of Wales to attend events.