What are we doing to minimise the risks?
During the lockdown, the Association of British Climbing Walls (the ABC) have been working hard with government officials, public health experts and climbing walls in the UK and abroad to put together a clear set of guidelines which will enable 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. We will be following these guidelines carefully and adding some extra measures of our own.
We hope that these measures will allow us to allow people to get back to the climbing they love, while keeping the risks to a minimum. We really appreciated everyone's co-operation to help this to happen.
Some of the key measures we're implementing 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)
- The guidelines allow us to have 1 climber per 9 square metres, which translates to a max capacity of 67 people (excluding the cafe, upstairs and staff areas). We have limited things lower than this initially, and plan to work towards this capacity as and when it feels safe to do so
- All climbing will initially be by pre-booked sessions only, and climbers will need to check out as well as check in as normal
- Capacity may be adjusted over time as we see how the system works in practice
- The cafe will be open, but available seating will be reduced to allow for social distancing
- 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 will be closed initially to avoid close contact in these areas
- Use of face coverings is encouraged throughout the centre
- We have two large permanent mechanical extractor fans at the centre, which will be operating at full speed delivering up to 6000 litres per second of airflow through the building. This exceeds the minimum recommended airflow levels several times over.
We will continue to monitor the measures in place once we're open and make adjustments where necessary.
Our full Coronavirus Risk Assessment can be viewed here: click to open
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