Chelmsford YHA Group

Chelmsford YHA Group

Message from the Committee

Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus: Advice for Outdoor Events (Walking/Cycling).

In anticipation of future outdoor meetings under the current coronavirus restrictions, the committee has updated our risk assessment for walking/cycling events and agreed the following advice for members who are organising or participating in such events.


  • Ask people to contact you if they want to come, keep a list of who is going, and decide on the maximum group size appropriate for the planned activity (Always less than 30).
  • Stay outdoors.
  • Check latest government advice and amend plans if necessary.
  • Check for any local restrictions.
  • Be prepared to change plans if social distancing becomes difficult, for example if the destination is crowded.
  • Organisers are asked to retain a list of attendees for 21 days in case needed to support NHS contact tracing.
  • Some useful advice, including a risk assessment checklist, is available on the Ramblers website.

All Participants

  • Tell the organiser in advance if you plan to join the event.
  • Please don't go if the organiser hasn't confirmed there is space for you.
  • Make yourself familiar with latest government advice
  • Please don't go if you need to self-isolate due to COVID-19 symptoms or test result.
  • Please don't go if you need to self-isolate because of contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Take extra care if you are vulnerable because of age or health conditions, or if you share a home with someone who is extremely vulnerable.
  • Stay 2 metres apart.
  • Wash your hands when you can.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and use it.
  • Bring your own food and drink, and don't share it.
  • Bring a face covering in case unforeseen circumstances make social distancing impossible. Accidents or incidents may mean distance can't be maintained e.g. to provide first aid, using a taxi or public transport, or needing to visit a shop.
  • Avoid touching gates, stiles, fences etc. where possible. You may wish to bring a glove or other hand covering with which to open gates etc.
  • Remember that lift-sharing and use of public transport is discouraged. If lift sharing is unavoidable, use of face covering and increased ventilation is advised.
  • Social contact before or after the event (e.g. at pubs and cafés) should be limited. Follow current government guidelines and restrictions at any venue visited.

17th June 2020; Updated 5th August 2020.

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