Covid -19 Updates

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Update 23 February 2021

The UK government has published a four-step roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England. We are reviewing this roadmap to understand what it means for walking and Ramblers volunteer activities. We will update our guidance in due course. 

In the meantime, England remains in national lockdown. All in-person Ramblers activities are suspended. You must avoid all non-essential travel and stay local. You must not travel to Scotland or Wales.

  • Walking with family & friends: You can walk outdoors once a day as part of your daily exercise – by yourself, with members of your household or support bubble, or with one other person.
  • Ramblers group walks: All group walks are currently suspended.
  • Path maintenance: All path maintenance activities are currently suspended.
  • Other Ramblers activities: All other Ramblers activities are suspended unless they can be carried out from home. AGMs must be held online. 

Update 10 September 2020

The UK government has announced that from 14 September social gatherings of more than 6 people will be banned in England - although there are some exemptions. The Ramblers organised walks are one of those exemptions.

We are very happy to confirm that Ramblers groups can continue to organise led walks for up to 30 people, as long as they follow the guidance to restart group walks in a COVID-secure way.

Remember, there is no pressure to restart groups walks until you feel ready to do so.

Why does the “rule of six” not apply to the Ramblers group walks?  

Ramblers and Walking for Health organised group walks are categorised as ‘outdoor physical activity events’. These are exempt from the latest restrictions, as we have already met the protocols, and put extra measures in place to reduce the risks of COVID-19.

Sport England have shared this update from the government: 

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We are delighted some Ramblers volunteering activities have been able to begin again as lockdown restrictions ease. As of 24 August, this includes group walks of up to 30 people in England, Scotland and Wales.

Our priority is to protect the health of our members, supporters and volunteers so please follow our advice below before taking part in any Ramblers activity.  

If you are a volunteer, please follow the latest Ramblers advice.

If you want to join a group walk: 

Our walk leaders are carefully considering the best approach for their areas and groups, and are restarting walks when it’s right for them, so always refer to your local group for the latest information.  

Before joining a walk, we strongly recommend reading Ramblers Restart: Taking part in COVID-safe walks, which has been put together in line with the latest government guidance. 

If you’re walking alone or with friends and family:

  • Be prepared: Government guidelines are changing regularly so make sure you know where you can walk before making the trip. 
  • Be safe: Maintain good hygiene and physical distancing. If you begin to show COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19, you must self-isolate.
  • Be considerate: Be sensitive to rural communities if considering travelling further from home to walk. Make sure to follow the Countryside Code – COVID-19 version (England and Wales) or Scottish Access Code.