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 over the coming weeks and months.
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.
Preparation for the reopening of Club Huts during COVID-19
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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
DWI (Drinking water Inspectorate) – Advice letter, 1st May 2020
Other sources of support
The Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) – Guidance for reopening campsites, Guidance for reopening hostels & bunkhouses [due 30/06/20]
Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) – www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/hotels-and-other-guest-accommodation
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.
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