We're reopening from 25th July
It's official, climbing walls have been given the green light to open again from 25th July. Initially we will only be open to those who have pre-booked a session with us. The booking system is not yet live, but we hope to have this up and running soon.
How will we make it safe?
Since the lockdown we've been in regular contact with the Association of British Climbing Walls (the ABC), who have been working hard putting together a set of guidelines to help climbing walls re-open when the time comes. Various working groups within the ABC have been gathering research and information from the UK and elsewhere, including official guidance from Public Health England and also useful info from climbing walls in other countries that have already re-opened. We will be following these safety guidelines carefully, as well as undertaking our own coronavirus risk assessment and implementing various precautionary measures as a result.
What sort of special measures will we put in place?
We plan to implement the following measures, as well as any new recommendations from the ABC which arise over the coming days:
- limiting capacity at the centre, to help climbers socially distance while they climb
- pre-booking climbing sessions, to help manage capacity
- increased emphasis on washing hands before and after climbing
- increased cleaning rotas especially for high-contact surfaces like door handles
- temporary closure of some facilities (e.g. changing rooms, showers)
Will youth climbers and new customers be able to come and climb?
At the moment it looks likely that we would open very carefully at first, initially just to adults who have previously visited the centre. We would then assess the situation as time goes on and open up climbing to others as and when it is safe to do so.
What about people with remaining Multipack Climbs or Unlimited Memberships?
Anyone with Multipack Climbs or an Unlimited Membership on their account had these frozen automatically for them on the day we shut the centre down. Any remaining climbing owed will be there waiting for them to use when we're fully open again, and we're really grateful to everyone who is hanging in there with us on this.
During the initial period of partial re-opening, our current plan is that it will be necessary to purchase individual timed climbing sessions through our website, which will be treated separately to any pre-existing memberships. As a result, these memberships would remain on hold until we're able to fully re-open without restrictions. We hope this won't cause members too many issues, but if it does, let us know.
Will the cafe, changing rooms and other facilities be open?
We're going to start by opening with the essentials only, with other facilities being re-opened down the line as time goes on. Changing rooms and showers will be shut, and you should plan to come dressed for climbing. Make sure you bring your own water bottles to keep hydrated through your session.
Is there anything we can do to help in the meantime?
You might have already seen that we've launched an online shop a few weeks ago to sell some of our BB SEVEN t-shirts and jumpers, water bottles, fingerboards, slacklines and other essentials from our shop. Every purchase helps us keep things going during this difficult period, so thanks to everyone that has already got involved. Click here to visit the new BB Online Shop.
Thanks again to everyone who has been touch during the last couple of months, we really appreciate the support and are excited to be able to get things going again for everyone soon!
James and Tom
(picture from the South Coast Universities Bouldering comp (SCUB) a few weeks before the lockdown!)
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