Clubs, Huts, Meets and current Covid-19 Restrictions

Posted by Jane Thompson on 08/06/2021

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 or hut.

First produced: 21 October 2020

This version: 8 June, 10:00

 

 

On Monday 17 May 2021, England moved to Step 3 on the Roadmap out of restrictions

On Monday 7 June 2021, Wales started a phased move from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1.

 

Huts – England

Huts – Wales

  • Huts in Wales are permitted to re-open as a self-contained facility for single household / extended 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).
  • It was announced by Welsh Government that wider opening of accommodation would be permitted from 17 May, at Alert Level 2.  However, the regulations only permit one household (or extended household) to gather indoors in a private dwelling or a holiday accommodation – this includes those staying overnight and those only wishing to use the facilities during the day.  This means that very little has changed for huts and clearly restricts many huts from continuing to reopen for use by more members. 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 for more information.
  • Plus, if hut operators can demonstrate a loss in turnover of 60% or more for May/June 2021 in comparison to May/June 2019 there is additional support.  Applications open on 24 May and close on 7 June (update: this deadline has now been extended to 14 June).  Click here for more information.

 

Club Meets (Outdoor) – England
This section is for meets based in England, if a club from England is holding a meet in Wales the points in the next section must be followed.

  • Organised club meets in England are able to resume and guidance from the government does not specify any limits to the number of people on the organised meet nor to the distance that is permitted to travel to meets.  These club meets must follow the guidance produced by the BMC.  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.
  • Groups of up to 30 people are able to meet in the outdoors, with social distancing.  If clubs expect, or plan, for more than 30 people to attend a meet then the club must follow the guidance produced by the BMC.
  • Car sharing in England is now permitted (with some limitations) – click here for more details.  It is important to consider all the points in the link when planning a journey.
  • Remember to check any restrictions that may impact on your whole journey if your route will take you over a border in to Wales or Scotland.

Club Meets (Outdoor) – Wales

This section is for meets based in Wales, if a club from Wales is holding a meet in England the points in the preceding section must be followed.

  • Club meets in Wales are able to resume, for up to 50 people, if the club is following the guidance produced by the BMC.  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.
  • Club meets for young people (under 18-year olds) are permitted to resume with numbers limited by your risk assessment if the meet is solely for young people (adult leaders are allowed) and if the club is following the guidance produced by the BMC
  • Groups of up to 30 people are able to meet in the outdoors, with social distancing.  If clubs expect, or plan, for more than 30 people to attend a meet then the club must follow the guidance produced by the BMC.  In Wales, children under the age of 11 are not included in the total group number.
  • Car sharing, in Wales, with people not in your household, is not recommended.  Click here for more detail.

 

Club Meets (Indoor Climbing Wall) – England

  • Climbing walls are permitted to reopen.
  • A maximum of 6 people from different households are permitted to meet indoors, therefore club indoor climbing meets will be able to resume for small groups.  However, it is important that all clubs contact the climbing wall prior to any visit to ensure adherence to the rules at that wall.

Club Meets (Indoor Climbing Wall) – Wales

  • Climbing walls are permitted to reopen and groups of up to 6 people may meet in a wall.
  • Small-scale indoor wall club meets are therefore able to resume.

 

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

 

Useful links

BMC:  What has changed from 12th April in England [England]
UK Government: Roadmap out of the current lockdown [England]
BMC: Wales Lockdown Easing [Wales]
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, from 17 May

 

 I reside in / wish to arrange a meet in…

 England

 Wales

 Can I organise or attend an outdoor club meet?

Meets are permitted in England for unlimited numbers if the club is following the BMC guidance.

Groups of up to 30 people may meet in the outdoors.

Meets are permitted in Wales, for up to 50 people, if the club is following the BMC guidance.

Groups of up to 30 people from different households may meet in the outdoors.

 What about sharing cars?

Car sharing in England is now permitted (with some limitations)  Click here for more details

Car sharing, in Wales, with people not in your household is not recommended.  Click here for more details

 Can I organise or attend an indoor climbing meet?

Indoor walls are open and up to 6 people from different households are permitted to meet indoors, and so indoor meets for small groups may resume.

Indoor walls are open and up to 6 people from different households are permitted to meet indoors in regulated venues, and so indoor meets for small groups may resume.

 Who can stay in a hut?

Huts are able to reopen for up to 6 people from different households.

Huts are only able to reopen for single household or extended household use.

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

Pubs & cafés are open and groups of up to 6 people from different households, socially distanced, are permitted to meet in an indoor seating area.

Pubs & cafés are open and groups of up to 6 people from different households, socially distanced, are permitted to meet in an indoor seating area.

 



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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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