Clubs, Huts, Meets and current Covid-19 Restrictions

Posted by Jane Thompson on 01/04/2021

With government rules, regulations and guidance changing regularly it can be difficult for clubs to keep up with what they are allowed to do. This article summarises the BMC’s understanding of the constraints on club meets and access to huts, based on information available at the time and date of publication. Please remember to check for local changes that may affect your club.

First produced: 21 October 2020

This version: 1 April, 15:40

 

Huts – England

  • Club huts in England should be closed.
  • When huts have been closured during recent lockdowns and/or local restrictions financial support has been made available.  Click here to check out what you may be able to access.  If your local council hasn’t already been in touch with you check out the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses) and the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed) Addendum).
  • Travel between England and Wales is not currently allowed, except for essential travel such as for work or education.
  • Huts in England should be able to re-open for single household use at Step 2, which will be no earlier than Monday 12 April.

 

Huts – Wales

  • Huts in Wales are able to re-open as a self-contained facility for single household use.  No shared kitchens, sleeping areas, bathrooms or indoor communal areas are permitted (“communal areas” does not include a reception area or corridors, lifts and staircases used to access other parts of the premises).  This is only for members living in Wales as travel from England is not currently permitted.  Click here for BMC guidance on the re-opening of huts.
  • There is some financial support available for huts in Wales impacted by the recent forced closures – check out Covid-19 Support for Business.
  • Travel between Wales and England is not currently allowed, except for essential travel such as for work or education.   If public health conditions permit, this will be lifted on 12 April.

 

Club Meets (Outdoor) – England

  • Club meets (day only, overnight stays not currently permitted) are able to resume if clubs follow the guidance produced by the BMC.
  • The guidance from the government does not specify any limits to the number of people on the meet nor to the distance that is permitted to travel to meets.  The BMC encourages clubs to act responsibly and keep group sizes to a minimum wherever possible, consider avoiding popular venues as well as minimising travel.
  • Car sharing, with anyone outside of your household, to attend meets is currently not permitted – click here for more details.  This is also important to consider in relation to the venue for the meet as no car sharing will lead to greater pressures on parking facilities.
  • Travel between England and Wales is not currently allowed, except for essential travel such as for work or education.

 

Club Meets (Outdoor) – Wales

  • It is hoped that, if public health conditions permit, club meets for up to 30 people will be able to resume from Monday 3 May. Click here for more information.
  • Club meets for young people (under 18-year olds) are permitted to resume, if the club is following the guidance produced by the BMC
  • Travel between Wales and England is not currently allowed, except for essential travel such as for work or education.  If public health conditions permit, this will be lifted on 12 April. Click here for more information.

 

 

Club Meets (Indoor Climbing Wall) – England

  • Climbing walls are currently closed, therefore indoor club meets should be suspended.
  • Travel between England and Wales is not currently allowed, except for essential travel such as for work or education.
  • Climbing walls are expected to be able to reopen at Step 2 (no earlier than Monday 12 April) but groups or household mixing will not be permitted, so club meets will need to remain suspended.

 

Club Meets (Indoor Climbing Wall) – Wales

  • Climbing walls are currently closed, therefore indoor club meets should be suspended.
  • Travel between Wales and England is not currently allowed, except for essential travel such as for work or education.  If public health conditions permit, this will be lifted on 12 April. Click here for more information.
  • It is hoped that, if public health conditions permit, indoor walls will be able to reopen from Monday 10 May. Click here for more information.
  • It is hoped that, if public health conditions permit, indoor walls meets for adults (maximum of 15 people) will be able to resume from Monday 17 May. Click here for more information.

 

For the current position in Scotland please go to the Mountaineering Scotland website.

 

 

Useful links

What will change from 29th March in England [England]
Roadmap out of the current lockdown [England]
Wales Lockdown Easing [Wales]
Welsh Government: Coronavirus control plan (alert levels in Wales)

 

* Mountaineering activities include rock climbing (trad & sport), bouldering, hill /fell / mountain walking, scrambling.  It does not include mountain biking, caving, kayaking and other such activities that are outside of the direct remit of the BMC.

 

 

Quick reference guide of what clubs currently can and can’t do

 

I reside in …

 England

 Wales

Can I organise or attend an outdoor club meet?

Meets are permitted if the club is following the BMC guidance

Meets for adults are not permitted at present.

Meets for under 18-year olds are permitted if the club is following the BMC guidance

Can I organise or attend an indoor climbing meet?

No – indoor walls are currently closed and indoor meets suspended.

No – indoor walls are currently closed and indoor meets suspended.

Can I travel to a club hut?

No - club huts are closed

Club huts in Wales are permitted to reopen for single household use only.  Only members residing in Wales are permitted to travel to a hut.

Can we have a club meet in a pub or café?

No - pubs & cafés are closed

No - pubs & cafés are closed

 



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Anonymous User
22/10/2020
Great article providing the rules that we must abide by to reduce the spread of Covid 19 in our area.
Thanks for sorting this out.
Anonymous User
02/12/2020
Hi guys

The guidance here about groups of 30 does is not the same as the 2/12 update saying only up to 6 - Can you de-conflict please?
Anonymous User
04/12/2020
"From Wednesday 2 December outdoor club meets (in mountaineering activities) will be able to resume for up to 30 people if the club is following the BMC guidance"

The BMC guidance link just takes you back to this page. Where can we find this information?
Anonymous User
04/12/2020
I think the BMC is completely out of touch, Ramblers groups in theory up to 30 are able to organise group walks, subject to strict risk assessment and management rules, they even have a bar code to log members on walks
Can the BMC get into the 21C and look at interests of all at this time . Not just those wanting to go vertical solo
22/12/2020
Comments about regs above, please see legislation.Gov.uk
Rule of six applies to most gatherings.
Organised sport is an exemption allowing you to go over this number, a rugby, hockey or football game for instance.
No one can have a gathering larger than 30.
Hence no organised sport over 30.
Compare our sport to touch rugby, an hour of coming in to close proximity with 20+other people.
The key is these gatherings are happening outside, where transmission has been shown to be low.
Our challenge is making the inside elements of what we do work. Car sharing, accommodation, parking, evening socialising and buying supplies in the area of a meet.
My intention is to increase the number of local day meets and scale back the longer distance trips.
Thankyou to the BMC for being clear with their guidelines.
Anonymous User
05/01/2021
Can you give guidance on solo/2 people hiking in local areas please? This article was updated today but focuses on groups/huts and climbing walls. Thanks a lot/
Anonymous User
26/03/2021
i attended the Webinair about hut openings and listened to Medical Guidance about 72hour gap between occupency. Did I miss something though as am hearing without this hut insurance will not honour a claim asgainst Covid? Suddenly guidance became insurance requirement.

Steve
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