Covid 19 Compliant Safe Walking practice – Update 03/04/21
- Dr’s consent is no longer needed for CLINICALLY VULNERABLE or EXTREMELY CLINICALLY VULNERABLE people, as long as you are confident in the strict guidelines and protocols we have in place. You may still wish to gain consent from your Dr but it is no longer required by us.
- For W/c 5th April 2021 Adventure walks with Allison, Jane & Ruth will currently capped at 6 people. Walks with Adele & Lin working together will be 10. This will be revised at the end of the first week back. As an organised activity we are allowed to operate with our normal size groups, but must have all measures in place.
- All protocols will remain in place as detailed below and I would ask that you please continue to respect them. These are critical for our safe walking.
- All participants must register on the Exercise Anywhere booking system and complete the health screening PAR-Q which includes questions on Covid 19. This is critical for us to be able to react quickly to contact participants should anyone come into contact with Covid-19
- I would like to reiterate the obvious that we are all adults, and all play a role in taking responsibility for ourselves and those around us. Please help us by complying with all that is asked of you whilst we are out walking it will help to keep us all safe and well.
You will need to be aware of the following;
- There are new COVID health questions when you first log in and these need to be read and completed. Please make sure that you read the questions and respond accordingly (please see the additional information below if you fall in the clinically vulnerable or extremely clinically vulnerable groups and the new online Health questionnaire)
Please do not attend our walks if you or someone you live with has any one of the following:
a high temperature
a new, continuous cough
a loss of, or change to, your/their sense of smell or taste
- Please bring a small first aid kit with you with some antiseptic wipes and plasters and hand sanitiser
- Upon arrival for your session please remember not to congregate and mingle before and after your walk. Please adhere to the current regulations re social distancing and group size
- It will NOT be mandatory to wear a face covering however, I do ask that you bring a face cover in case of a first aid emergency which is easily accessible. If you are the casualty and need First aid assistance, then you will be asked to wear it. You may also wish to use a face covering on pathways (pinch point pathways) where it may be difficult to socially distance from other users, we will advise you in advance where these pathways may be and allow some time to put on your covering if you wish to.
- If we meet another walker/walkers on a tighter path you will be asked by the walk leader to move left or right to give passing space for the other path users, to ensure the group does not scatter.
- If you wish to wear a face covering whilst walking this is fine, best practice is to keep it on and if removed use hand sanitiser (min 70% alcohol) before and after removal.
- There will be equipment available where Adele is leading only as thoroughly cleaned and quarantined for 72hrs. If another member of the team is leading there will be no pole/kit/water at this time. Therefore if a team member is leading and you forget your water/kit/equipment/face covering, then you cannot start the walk.
- We shall walk ‘2 poles apart’ at all times to help us adhere to social distancing (see above for face coverings on pinch point pathways).
- If gates and stiles are used please use hand sanitiser after touching the area and keep your distance whilst waiting to cross. This will be managed safely by walk leader.
- Review after each session and weekly basis to assess local spikes/frequency of use of other users/parking etc
- If you wish to check the number of cases in the local area the map can be viewed on this link here https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases
- If you have returned from a holiday abroad you are asked not to attend a walk for 14 days whether or not the Government have asked your to self isolate.
- GDPR – Please note: I am required to assist the Test and Trace service by keeping a temporary record of your contact information (name, contact number and e mail address) for 21 days following your walk and assisting NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks. If this information is requested of me I will advise you that a request has been made so that you will be aware to expect contact from the Test and Trace service. This does not affect your data protection rights such as the right to erasure or rectification.
- NHS Test and Trace will ask for these records only where it is necessary, usually because someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 has listed a walk/group session as a place they visited recently.NHS Test and Trace will work with me, if I am contacted. I will ensure that information is shared in a safe and secure way. The requested information will be shared as soon as possible to help identify people who may have been in contact with the virus and help minimise the onward spread of COVID-19.NHS Test and Trace will handle all data according to the highest ethical and security standards and ensure it is used only for the purposes of protecting public health, including minimising the transmission of COVID-19.If you are then contacted by NHS Test and Trace Contact tracers will:
- call you from 0300 013 5000
- send you text messages from ‘NHStracing’
- ask you to sign into the NHS Test and Trace contact-tracing website
Contact tracers will never:
- ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
- ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind
- ask for any details about your bank account
- ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
- ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
- disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
- ask about protected characteristics that are irrelevant to the needs of test and trace
- provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
- ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
- ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS