Coronavirus – an update to all Ramblers supporters, members and volunteers
Updated 17 March 2020
You will have seen the announcements made by the Government yesterday evening (Monday, 16 March). We have been following Government advice and we continue to do so. Our top priority is protecting the health of our members, volunteers and staff. We also want to help suppress the spread of the covid19 virus. So, I want to update you on what the Ramblers is doing and what we need you to do.
Ramblers GB is suspending the following activities from Wednesday 18 March until at least 31 May 2020 – subject to further developments:
- all group led walks.
- all Ramblers Walking for Health schemes.
- all activities by Ramblers volunteers including training, path maintenance working groups, coach trips and holidays, meetings, group and social events training for Ramblers.
- the Ramblers GB General Council conference due to be held in Bristol on 4-5 April.
We are working to keep our members, volunteers and partners updated with the latest information on our response to COVID-19 virus via our usual communications channels. This webpage will be updated with the latest information, and will support members and volunteers in communicating how Ramblers GB is responding to the COVID-19 virus.
The best way to contact us is to first check the website link for information. If you still have questions, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and we will aim to get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that our offices will only have essential staff, with most Ramblers staff working from home.
Official Government advice states that, apart from people who are in households with symptoms or who have pre-existing health conditions that put them at increased risk of contracting COVID-19, going for a walk independently can continue and is an excellent way to maintain health and wellbeing – provided independent walkers stay more than two metres from others. Please see Public Health England’s guidelines on social distancing.
For anyone walking in more remote areas, we continue to ask them to stay well within their limits, to avoid any need to call on mountain rescue or other emergency services.
Thank you for your continued support
The Ramblers has been around for a long time, through the tough days and the bright days. We will continue to fight for the rights of walkers, for the protection of our important green spaces and for the joys of walking. Together we’re stronger. Thank you for standing with us at this difficult time.