Our Response: Coronavirus (Covid – 19)

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We’re Good To Go! 
We now have our Green Tick from Visit Britain’s Good to Go scheme.

What does this mean?
The We’re Good To Go industry standard and supporting mark mean businesses across all sectors of the tourism industry in Scotland can demonstrate that they’re adhering to the respective government and public health guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check they have the required processes and protocols in place.

UPDATED ON FRIDAY the 3rd of July 2020 

We have all been itching to get back to the mountains and this can now happen. As such,  Scotland has made some changes to the Lockdown in relation to a Phased Approach of easing restrictions. We are now in Phase Two with indicative dates for more easing of restrictions and moving to Phase 3.  In Scotland the Lockdown is NOT the same as the other 3 nations in the UK. We are currently monitoring the situation regarding any changing legislation, guidance and advice.



The current situation in terms of Trek Scotland is as follows:

  • Travel restrictions in Scotland have been removed as of the 3rd of July although there is still a localised restriction in the Dumfries and Galloway area [specific postcodes] 
  • Travel from England, Wales and Northern Ireland into Scotland for leisure activities is no longer restricted
  • If travelling into Scotland from outside of the UK and the Republic of Ireland you will possibly have to place yourself in strict self isolating quarantine for 14 days although an increasing number of countries may be exempt from this in the near future
  • Strict physical distancing must be maintained at all times, even in outdoor situations.
  • A maximum of 8 people can meet outdoors BUT, presently only be from three different households but with an expectation that this will change more widely. However, physical distancing between households must be maintained.
  • We are  following advice and guidance from Mountaineering Scotland, the British Mountaineering Council, Police Scotland and Scottish Mountain Rescue.
  • Most car parks and public toilets, especially in mountain areas, are starting to reopen but this is not the case in all areas.
  • Self catering and self contained accommodation for tourism is now available but wild camping is not permitted at present. However, this should be allowable from the 15th of July onwards. 
  • In Scotland, at present, most of this guidance is legally binding and may be enforced by the police with options of fines and arrest for none compliance.
  • Face coverings must be worn in all Public Transport, and will be mandatory in shops from the 10th of July
  • Although the incidence rate of COVID-19 in the Highlands of Scotland remains one of the lowest in the UK, contracting the virus locally still remains a risk.
 

SO WHERE ARE WE UP TO AT PRESENT?

  • All these measures mean that  we can offer some Wilderness Mountain Trekking,  specifically bespoke Single Day Treks as of now and, hopefully, some bespoke Multi Day Treks with Wild Camping, from the 15th of July onwards. 
  • Initially, this would be for a maximum of 8 people, including the guide BUT can only be from 3 different households…again including the guide. 
  • Ideally, we are initially looking at working with ‘bubbles’. This could be a family group living in the same household, couples who live together, and single clients working on a one to one basis with a  guide. 
  • In all cases physical distancing would have to be maintained throughout. 
  • We have put in place additional precautions in relation to COVID-19 as follows:
 

We will ask our Clients to:

  • Carry a face covering/face mask on all our Treks which should be worn, when close contact is unavoidable, including at all times if travelling in our transport.
  • Carry an appropriate gel for cleaning hands [minimum of 60% alcohol]
  • Not attend any of our Treks if you are symptomatic, know you have been in contact with someone who is symptomatic, or have been asked to self isolate. If you have to cancel for any of these reasons you will get a full refund with our COVID-19 Peace of Mind Guarantee. 
  • Physically distance from all other clients, unless they are from the same household.

Our Trek Scotland Guides will:

  • Physically distance from all clients when possible
  • Not guide a Trek if symptomatic, know that they have been on contact with someone who is symptomatic, or have been asked to self isolate
  • Carry and wear appropriate PPE for any emergency situations where close contact is unavoidable
  • Curtail/adapt the outing if someone becomes symptomatic during a Trek
  • Maintain high standards of hygiene at all times
  • Advise clients at all times about physical distancing and hygiene in relation to eating, drinking and toileting.

Trek Scotland will: 

  • If you have to cancel because of a COVID-19 incidence we will give you a full refund with our COVID-19 Peace of Mind Guarantee
  • Clean and sanitise all gear appropriately and to a high standard between Treks.  This will include quarantining equipment for a minimum of 72 hours and the use of UVC Ozone Germicidal lamps for items that cannot be chemically sanitised.
  • On Multiday Treks provide each client with a new filtration system such as a Water To Go Bottle
  • Where appropriate, prepare all food for Treks to the highest standards of hygiene
  • Maintain our operation in a COVID-19 safe way in relation to ongoing Risk Assessments, Protocols and Health and Safety Policies.

Please be ware that Trek Scotland accepts no liability if a client breaks physical distancing rules or if they think they have contracted COVID-19 on one of our Treks.

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