UFRC Covid-19 Update
GUIDANCE ON THE RESTRICTIONS IN NORTHERN IRELAND AND PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE
In light of the rise in the number of people catching the Omicron variant of Covid-19, UFRC recommends that clubs advise their members intending to join a walk to take a Lateral Flow Test on the day before, to check that they are Covid-free prior to meeting up with the group.
This recommendation is not mandatory, especially given current difficulties in obtaining lateral flow tests. The tests are recommended purely as an issue of personal responsibility for individual walkers in the current climate.
Although many coronavirus restrictions have eased, some regulations remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Continue to protect yourself and others by following public health advice.
The COVID-19 restrictions that apply currently should hardly affect the operation of walking clubs as the number of people that are allowed to attend outdoor gatherings is restricted to 500 and no risk assessment is required when the number so participants is less than 30.
As a Governing Body we ask for adherence from the Rambling Clubs to the following protocol.
- Each club should have a COVID safety officer.
- It is important to register the participants of the walk to deal with any potential test and trace questions that may arise later.
- Walkers should only participate when they are free symptoms such as fever, a new persistent cough or loss of smell and/or taste.
- Walkers should continue to observe social distancing rules during the walks.
- Walkers should not exchange food or equipment with others during the walk.
- When having been in contact with potentially contaminated surfaces, members should apply hand disinfectants.
- Walk leaders should carry at least three disposable face masks to enable close contact, in case one of the walkers requires first aid treatment.
- Avoid going to places that you anticipate may be crowded.
- Have an alternative parking area in mind in case the car park you have chosen is full when you arrive.
- Do not park in a manner that obstructs local residents, farmers or the emergency services.
Advice on car sharing during coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This guidance is intended to reduce the number of potential virus transmission events. It is recognised that car sharing can take place on commutes to one-off events, such as travel to starting points for walks, but it is still considered risk taking behaviour.
If car sharing, as well as wearing a face covering, good ventilation in the car will be beneficial – particularly by keeping a window open.
It is recommended that any sharing is with the same people each time and people in the vehicle keep as much social distance as possible.
For instance, if only two people are in the vehicle, the passenger should sit in the rear left-hand seat.
Contact areas such as door handles (inside and out), seat belts and so on should be cleaned or sanitised after each journey.
This webpage was last updated on 9 September 2021 at 5pm.