Covid19 and restarting club meets

Posted by Jane Thompson on 21/12/2020

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

First published: 28/08/2020
This version published: 07/01/2021

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.

 

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

Club meets may only restart once the government allows groups to meet in the outdoors - Check out this article with the latest position for club meets and huts access across England and Wales.

 

Indoor meets

The potential for running indoor meets, whether at a climbing wall or other social venue such as a café or pub, will depend on the restrictions for both the area where the member(s) resides and the location of the facility.  Check out this article with the latest position for club meets and huts access across England and Wales.

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

The potential for running overnight meets, whether at a club hut, bunkhouse, hostel or campsite, will depend on the restrictions for both the area where the member(s) resides and the location of the facility.  Check out this article with the latest position for club meets and huts access across England and Wales

Many club-run mountain huts, when open, are only allowing use by its members while covid19 restrictions are in place.

Many bunkhouses and hostels, when open, only have limited capacity and limited facilities. The situation varies so it is always best to investigate before committing to a specific location.

Many campsites, when open, have 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@ thebmc.co.uk



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Anonymous User
04/09/2020
Thanks for this, very useful guidance to help me start planning meets for my club. - RP
Anonymous User
09/09/2020
Thanks for posting a useful document. It may be me but the hyperlinks in the pdf document do not work.
10/09/2020
How do new rules starting 14 September effect climbing walls and climbing clubs?
Anonymous User
11/09/2020
What about Scotland?
Anonymous User
16/10/2020
Hi I'm already a BMC member, how do I get my walking club affiliated?
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