What are we doing to minimise the risks?
During the first national lockdown, the Association of British Climbing Walls (the ABC) worked hard with government officials, public health experts and climbing walls in the UK and abroad to put together a clear set of guidelines which enabled UK climbing centres to reopen safely. Their guidelines have been reviewed by a leading virologist, and are compliant with those produced by the government for our sector. Our own safety procedures mirror these guidelines carefully and add some extra measures of our own. The ABC have continued to review the safety of climbing centres since July 2020. We continue to be in regular contact with them and are ready to change our procedures as and when their recommendations change over time.
Since reopening in July 2020, these measures have allowed people to get back to the climbing they love, while keeping the risks to a minimum. We have really appreciated everyone's co-operation to help this to happen.
Some of the key measures we have implemented include:
- Increased cleaning of high-frequency contact points like door handles by staff
- Hand sanitiser available throughout the building, including at entry and exit
- We've replaced our drinking fountain with a new hand washing basin in the main climbing area
- We've replaced the grey carpet in the main climbing area with a new wood effect flooring which will be much easier to keep clean (and also looks amazing)
Capacity management and facilities
- Currently there are no government restrictions on capacity. Pay-as-you-go and instructed sessions must still be pre-booked, which allows us to retain some control on reducing numbers during busy periods, however the centre may feel busy at times. If you would like a quieter session, we recommend coming during weekday mornings and weekend eveninings, which are generally the quietest times. We have a capacity counter on our homepage which gives an indication of how busy the centre is right now.
- Depending on the current government advice, access to facilities like our café and changing rooms may be restricted - please check our bookings page for the latest situation.
- Signs urging people to stay socially distant from each other during their climb, as well as making this clear during the booking process
- Screens installed at reception to shield staff from transmission
- Changing rooms are open, but we encourage climbers to arrive ready to climb to limit crowding in these spaces
- Our rules on face masks change in line with government guidance - please see our booking page for the latest details.
- We have two large permanent mechanical extractor fans at the centre, which will be delivering up to 6000 litres per second of airflow through the building. This exceeds the minimum recommended airflow levels several times over. We will keep as many doors and windows open as practical, so make sure you dress appropriately on colder days.
We will continue to monitor the measures in place and make adjustments where necessary.
Our full Coronavirus Risk Assessment can be viewed here: Boulder Brighton Coronavirus Risk Assessment
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