Coronavirus Covid-19

Coronavirus is a threat to us all, no matter where we go or what we do. However, SAGE evidence suggests that outdoor activities may present a lower risk of virus transmission.
Hepworth Adventures will base its activities on the following principles:

SafeCourse provision will be informed and guided by a public health assessment of risk. (Government advice through PHE, HPS etc.)
LawfulWe will adhere to government guidance and legal restrictions.
Evidence-basedWe will use the best available activity-specific evidence and analysis to guide our decision making.
Socially responsibleWe recognise that there must be a balance between economic growth and the welfare of local communities, society and the environment. Candidates, providers and their staff are accountable for fulfilling their civic duty; the actions of an individual must benefit the whole of society.
ClearWe will provide clarity to our candidates, our scheme providers and their staff to enable compliance, engagement, and accountability.
RealisticWe will consider the viability and effectiveness of course delivery options through discussions with our scheme providers.

We will ensure we meet the requirements of our Insurers (Activities Industry Mutual) and follow advice from our Professional Association: The Association of Mountaineering Instructors.

Activities will require a pragmatic and mutually agreed approach between clients and instructors. Some objectives may not be feasible. The dynamic nature of being in the mountains means that there may be occasions when ideal Covid Secure practice (in, for example, social distancing) cannot be maintained e.g. to deal with an immediate safety concern that takes priority.

Clients are asked to agree to the statements below:

  1. To follow relevant home nation Government guidance on Coronavirus, specifically that you will not travel to nor attend guiding/instruction with Hepworth Adventures if you should be self-isolating according to national guidelines.
  2. To be asked to answer the following questions with the word ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ immediately prior to your course:

Now, or at any time in the last 14 days:

  • Do you have/have you had a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)?
  • Do you have a/have you had a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)?
  • Do you have or have you had a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal?
  • Are any of your household symptomatic of COVID 19 or have any of them been?
  • To the best of your knowledge have you been in close contact with anyone else who is symptomatic of COVID 19?

To answer the following:

  • Do you accept that your participation in the booked activity may increase your risk of exposure to infection with the virus relative to no-participation?
  • Do you agree to inform your Instructor should you develop any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 any time within 14 days of the end of the activity? The Instructor undertakes to do the same.

Please confirm that you will bring in addition to the equipment list provided:

  • A small bottle of hand sanitiser/ hand gel.
  • A face mask or covering with you in case it is required.
  • Your own drink, lunch, snacks.
  • A small personal first aid kit (plasters, painkillers, medication, nitrile gloves)

What we are doing to help keep you safe

  • Shared equipment will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours prior to use.
  • We will try our best to keep 2 metres apart at all times where practicable.
  • If we travel as part of the day, this will happen in separate vehicles. So you will be required to bring your own vehicle.