Latest update 28/02/2022
COVID-19 remains a risk
It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated. If you have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
COVID-19 will be a feature of our lives for the foreseeable future, so we need to learn to live with it and manage the risk to ourselves and others.
All of us can play our part by understanding the situations where risks of COVID-19 infection and transmission are likely to be higher, and taking action to reduce these risks.
Consider wearing a face covering
COVID-19 spreads through the air by droplets and aerosols that are exhaled from the nose and mouth of an infected person. Whilst there is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering, the Government suggests that you continue to wear one in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet, when rates of transmission are high.
Get tested and stay at home if you have symptoms
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are a recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
Stay at home and avoid contact with other people if you test positive
If you have COVID-19 you can infect other people from 2 days before your symptoms start, and for up to 10 days after. You can pass on the infection to others, even if you have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. If you have COVID-19 the public health advice is to stay at home and avoid contact with other people.
Try to stay at home if you’re feeling unwell
If you feel unwell but do not have COVID-19 symptoms, or your COVID-19 test is negative, you may still have an illness which could be passed on to other people. Many common illnesses, like the flu or the common cold, are spread from one person to another. This can happen:
- when someone infected with an illness breathes, speaks, coughs or sneezes, releasing respiratory particles which can cause infection in another person
- through surfaces and belongings which can also be contaminated when people who are infected with an illness cough or sneeze near them or if they touch them, the next person to touch that surface may then become infected
Staying at home until you feel better reduces the risk that you will pass on an illness to your friends, colleagues, and others in your community. This will help reduce the burden on our health services.
Regular washing and sanitising of hands
Unlike ‘normal’ gyms where the equipment can be cleaned after each use, climbing walls will have to sanitise the climbers rather than the ropes and holds etc.
To enable this we will have sanitising stations on entry and at other points in the centre, but we will rely on customers using their own sanitiser throughout their session, ideally before and after climbing a route.
We will have small personal bottles of sanitiser (with a mini karabiner) and refills available at reception for a nominal fee. We have tested these and reckon that each bottle is good for around 100 goes.
In case you are wondering, tests have shown that hand sanitiser has no detrimental effect on ropes and harnesses.
There has been a lot of talk regarding liquid chalk; you are welcome to use it but only in addition to sanitising as liquid chalk is not something that you would use after a route.
Incidentally, a soon-to-be-published study seems to indicate that climbing chalk is very effective at de-activating viruses very quickly, which would be great news for climbers!
Changing rooms are open. Please be respectful of peoples space!
All hire equipment will be available as usual.
Café and reception restrictions
We are currently selling cuppas, cakes, pre-packed snacks and bottled drinks. We hope to get back to a full service soon.
Key touchable surfaces will be wiped down frequently with appropriate cleaning products.
Even with our regular cleaning we strongly recommend that you sanitise your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
We are not making additions to our Conditions of Use to accommodate the risk that COVID-19 poses, although we have added it to our own Risk Assessments, it is a fact of life now and anyone taking part in the activity will be assumed to accept this as a risk (along with gravity)