COVID-19: Get Out More Roadmap!
The below is an overview on the current situation for OutdoorLads events in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.
For our previously issued statements, please visit our Archive Page.
Update 1 April 2021 - Scotland and Wales
We know our members in Scotland and Wales are as keen as those in England to be able to #Get Out More! Unfortuanately, Scottish and Welsh government restrictions currently prevent us from doing so at the present time. We keep a close eye on developments and subject to confirmation, we are hopeful that we will be in a position to resume some events in Scotland from 26 April, and in Wales from 3 May. When we know more and have more certainty over this, we'll be sure to let our members know and will be actively encouraging our leaders to put on events in those areas.
Currently, and again subject to confirmation of restrictions being lifted, we believe that from 12 April members in Wales are free to travel to England to attend events there.
Thank you for bearing with us and we look forward to seeing you on events soon!
Great news. We're back (in England)!
We’re very excited here at OutdoorLads… we’re back!
We re-started outdoors events from 29th March. From that date, we have been able to run walking and cycling day events in England, and we absolutely cannot wait. We also have a plan to bring back our other events, including weekend camping and hostel events, in the coming months.
We have been able to take advantage of the sports exemption, and so we can have events of up to thirty people, although the more usual number is 20, on walking events. However, many people including our members are leaders are more comfortable with smaller events of six people, and that's absolutely fine, there is enough scope to offer a range of different sized events. Leaders are very welcome to decide for themselves the number of people they want on their events, up to the maximum limits.
No earlier than the 17th May, we’ll be starting our weekend camping events again, which will be a welcome return to whole weekends of fun and friends, old and new!
Following on from that and again, no earlier than 21 June, we hope to be offer our weekend hostel events once again, and will look to follow that up with an exciting programme of Christmas events once again this year. You’ll soon start to see some of these events appear on our website, and you can be sure that if the event doesn’t go ahead due to restrictions, you’ll not lose out financially. So 2021 is shaping up to be a lot better than 2020, and we are looking forward to seeing you all out on our events and enjoying all that makes OutdoorLads so very special!
(Updated on 1st April 2021)
Update: Monday 1st March 2021
Currently, and up to and including 29th March 2021, OutdoorLads remains unable to run any in-person events at all in England, Scotland or Wales.
Following the Government's announcement about the road map out of lockdown, we hope to be able to re-start some small "micro events" of six people maximum from 29th March onwards in England.
In Wales, we are currently also unable to run any events. We anticipated knowing more about when we might be able to re-start events in Wales after the next Welsh Review, expected to be on the 12th March.
In Scotland, we anticipate that we may be able to re-start activities from 26th April, although that date is only indicative and we await an announcement expected from the Scottish Government in mid-March about their plans.
We will provide a fuller update on our plans for 2021 soon.
- 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.