As the BMC is a community organisation, we have taken the decision to support the health of the outdoor and wider community by withdrawing from several events and reducing staff travel.
Current UK government advice does not specifically advise the closure of sporting events, however both Scotland and Ireland have now stopped events with over 500 people and WHO guidance states that the risk of infection appears to be high at small gatherings in indoor venues.
Therefore, we’ve decided to cancel our Emma Twyford The Big Tour this week, a joint decision with the tour sponsors Patagonia.
We will also not be taking an active part in this year’s Sheffield Adventure Film Festival. At the moment the festival has been adapted and is still going ahead as a series of cinema-only sessions.
Sheffield Adventure Film Festival have been in discussion with their venue partner The Showroom Workstation, who have indicated that unless official advice changes, the cinema will be open as normal over the weekend of the festival and therefore film screenings will be going ahead as planned.
Matt Heason from ShAFF explained:
"Over the weekend, the health and wellbeing of ShAFF staff, volunteers, and visitors is our first priority, and the consensus in the ShAFF team is that we will be cancelling all the festival’s non-film events. This means that while the Showroom remains open, ShAFF 2020 will be a film programme only. While many may make the decision not to go to the cinema, others will still want to attend. We envisage a much smaller than usual and very local audience, but want to support our venue, a local independent cinema for whom a total cancellation would be devastating. We would encourage anyone who is thinking of attending to make their own decision taking into consideration the NHS advice."
The next round of the Youth Climbing Series on 21 March has been cancelled. We have contingency plans for postponing the Junior British Bouldering Championships and the Youth Climbing Series Grand Final if required.
Our next national event is the Keswick Mountain Festival in May and then the British Bouldering Championships in July. As these are both outdoor events in the summer, we will make a decision on these as the situation develops.
The GB Climbing Team is currently not travelling internationally as the IFSC has decided to postpone the World Cup competitions in Wujiang and Chongqing, the European Championships in Moscow, the World Cup in Meiringen, the World Cup in Seoul, the Asian Championships and the circuit of IFSC Europe cups and IFSC Europe youth cups.
Staff travel is now reduced, and there are no external meetings in the BMC office in Manchester.
More FAQs about the BMC and Covid-19
🌳 Can I start climbing / hillwalking? Yes, but be cautious in your actions, respectful of local communities and vigilant in avoiding transmitting the virus. Read our latest advice for July here and for the general return to climbing here
🌳 What's the situation in Wales? Read the full October update here
😷 When and how will the walls reopen? In England it's July 25th Read the ABC's advice for walls and watch their live update here
✈️ Can I now travel abroad again? Get the latest answers to going abroad with travel restrictions now easing
🛒 Is the BMC shop open? Yes - we officially reopened at the start of July!
🏡 Do you have any advice for clubs and huts? The latest club huts update and all you need to know
📜 Will the BMC keep running smoothly? Read more or watch our weekly live updates from our CEO
🚗 What have the BMC access team been doing during this time? Read on
As the climbing walls, crags and mountains start to open, we wanted to say thanks to every BMC member who supported us through the Coronavirus crisis.
From weekly Facebook Lives and GB Climbing home training videos, to our access team working to re-open the crags and fight for your mountain access, we couldn’t have made it without you.
If you liked what we did, then tell your friends about us: www.thebmc.co.uk/join
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