Covid19 and restarting club meets

Posted by Jane Thompson on 10/09/2020

This guidance is to help clubs to restart meets while adhering to the new government regulations.

First published: 28/08/2020
This version published: 10/09/2020

To meet the regulations from both the UK and Welsh governments there will need to be some changes in the way that clubs organise and deliver their meets for the foreseeable future.

The information provided below is accurate at the point that it was produced, but the governments (for England, Wales and elsewhere) often announce changes at short notice. We will endeavour to keep this page updated, and will add more content as needed.

21/10/2020 - Check out this article with the latest position for club meets and huts access across England and Wales

Outdoor meets

The BMC has produced guidance to assist you in taking the steps that you need to take to comply with the new covid19 regulations in both England and Wales.

The guidance can be downloaded here

A Word document of the appendices can be downloaded here

Update on 10th September
Following the statement by the Prime Minister on 9th September relating to restrictions on groups of people meeting in the outdoors in England (the 'rule of 6') we can confirm that if clubs follow the steps as detailed in the BMC guidance above then organised club meets will be able to take place with more than 6 people attending (still with an absolute maximum of 30 people).
Details about this clarification can be viewed on the Sport England website under the heading 'Group sizes'.

If club members wish to head outdoors in England in an informal way (i.e. not as a club meet) the 'rule of 6' people in a group will apply. **

Indoor meets

At present indoor meets at climbing walls are limited by the systems each climbing wall has put in place.  It is advisable for each club to speaks with the staff at their local climbing wall to ascertain the options available for them.

Click here for an update for clubs from the Association of British Climbing Walls

Overnight meets

Many club-run mountain huts have reopened or are in the process of reopening, however most clubs are only allowing use by its members at present.

Some bunkhouses and hostels have reopened with limited capacity and limited facilities.  The situation varies so it is always best to investigate before committing to a specific location.

Many campsites have reopened across England and Wales.  Like bunkhouses and hostels there are limitations to the facilities that are available.  Some campsites have introduced limits on groups, and some don't allow them at all, and most campsites require pre-booking.  It is best to check with the campsite before committing to a specific location.

If you have further questions please check out this FAQ page, but if the answer isn't there please email Jane Thompson, Clubs & Volunteers Officer at jane@

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Anonymous User
Thanks for this, very useful guidance to help me start planning meets for my club. - RP
Anonymous User
Thanks for posting a useful document. It may be me but the hyperlinks in the pdf document do not work.
How do new rules starting 14 September effect climbing walls and climbing clubs?
Anonymous User
What about Scotland?
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