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)
- The guidelines allow us to have 1 climber per 9 square metres, which translates to a max capacity of approx 75 people (excluding the cafe 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
- Depending on the current government advice, the cafe may either be open to takeaway only or open to limited indoor seating as well. This government has changed over the past year so 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 will be closed initially to avoid close contact in these areas
- Use of face coverings is encouraged throughout the centre, and is mandatory unless climbing, eating or drinking. For more detail on how this works in practice, please see our more detailed post on face coverings.
- 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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