Mountain huts have been closed since the start of lockdown in March. The BMC wants to support clubs and other hut operators who are preparing to reopen them over the coming weeks and months.
Article first posted: 25 July. Last update 31 July
This page contains BMC guidance on good practice for hut operators and hut users in order to minimise the risks of reopening huts. It also contains links to other support. As government advice is updated the relevant information will be posted here.
Working with the BMC Huts Group and the BMC Clubs’ Committee plus other specialists the following guidance has been produced for hut operators and hut users.
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The appendices can be downloaded in Word format should you wish to use the text for your own checklists.
Howden Group Guidance – What to consider when re-opening after extended closure // Legionnaires Disease
DWI (Drinking Water Inspectorate) – Advice letter, 1st May 2020
UIA Guidance on legionella and mountain huts
HSE Guidance on legionella
Government website links
UK Government for regulations and guidance in England
Other sources of support
The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) – Guidance for reopening campsites, Guidance for reopening hostels & bunkhouses
Mountaineering Scotland - www.mountaineering.scot/coronavirus
The Professional Association of Self Caterers (PASC) - www.pascuk.co.uk/standards - Information including risks of legionella, risk assessment, cleaning. NB The guidance contained on this page is written for those opening self-catering properties as a business and not everything is relevant to mountain huts.
British Caving Association - Advice on Inspection of Huts prior to re-opening
Check out the Frequently Asked Questions - Clubs, Huts & COVID-19 page on the BMC website
Howden, the insurance brokers to the BMC, has provided this statement:
“The combined liability policy arranged by the BMC for the protection of clubs and club committee members does not include an exclusion related to COVID-19. This means that if someone was to bring a claim against a club, or club committee member, alleging they had contracted coronavirus at a club event or club hut, the policy would respond to defend the club/committee member and, if legally required, pay compensation to the limit of indemnity. It is expected that all clubs will take reasonable steps to manage the risk of COVID-19 within club huts and at their events by following BMC and government guidance. We strongly recommend that risk assessments are carried out and documented by clubs in order to evidence the steps that have been taken, for the protection of the club in the event that a claim is made.”
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