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The New Rules

When we are able to restart our group walks we will have to follow any new rules. The pandemic has meant changes for us all and there are some things you’ll need to consider to make sure the walks are COVID 19 secure.  These are the new guidelines that allow for group walking to be undertaken and what we must do to be classed as a COVID-19 secure organisation.

  • The current restrictions will be explained at the start of the walk and why any additional walkers that have come along without advance booking will not be able to participate.

  • The walks are for existing members only.

  • The numbers on the walk is limited to 20.

  • All places on the walk must be booked in advance.

  • one person per booking unless you are members from the same household when it can be two.
  • People must understand their role as walkers and what they must do, in order to participate in SVRC walks
  • Travel to the start point in a safe COVD 19 way. If car sharing, please follow the latest government guidance on travel and transport in England.
  • You must carry your own masks and hand gel. When you enter any indoor premise, you must wear a face covering unless exempt.
  • All our walk leaders are volunteers and undertake the walk as a personal choice. There is no obligation or pressure to volunteer or take part if they don’t want to.
  • A record of who is attending the walk will be kept for 21 days to support the NHS contact tracing.  This will be only name and a contact number. 
  • A risk assessment will be completed for every walk and a copy will be kept for 12 months after the date of the walk.
  • As a group everyone must follow the government guidelines on social contact and physical distancing.
  • You must maintain a physical distance of 2m from other people wherever practicable and no less than 1m at all times. Avoid touching gates and stile if possible. 
  • When on roads walk in STRICT single file with at least 1m distance from the person in front.
  • You are required to walk behind walk leader at all times unless directed otherwise.
  • Give way, as necessary on narrow paths such as woodland or canal towpaths.  Have consideration for other walkers in maintaining social distancing.
  • Bring your own food and water.  Do not offer food and drinks around to other walkers.
  • If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 then do not attend the walk.
  • If you cannot attend, please cancel your place ASAP as we may have others on a waiting list.  
  • By everyone taking just a few extra measures we can keep each other safe. 
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