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 SATURDAY  the 19th of September 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 Three of this easing.   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 SCOTLAND IN TERMS OF COVID-19:

  • Travel restrictions in Scotland have been removed in most areas. However, additional restrictions are currently in place in Glasgow City, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire.
  • Travel from England, Wales and Northern Ireland into Scotland for leisure activities is no longer restricted
  • If travelling into Scotland from the UK, the Republic of Ireland and any country which has an ‘Air Bridge’  agreed by the Scottish Government,  you will not have  have to quarantine for 14 days. People coming from other countries will, for the time being, have to self quarantine on arrival for 14 days.
  • Physical distancing of at least 2 metres must be maintained, whenever possible,  even in outdoor situations.
  • Scotland has moved to a Rule of Six for informal activities meaning a maximum of 6 people from two different households can meet up, indoors or outdoors. However, our understanding is that for formally led organised outdoors activities, such as Single Day and Multi Day Wilderness Mountain Trekking, this does not apply. 
  • We are  following advice and guidance from the Scottish Government, Mountaineering Scotland,  Police Scotland and Scottish Mountain Rescue. 
  • Most car parks and public toilets, even in mountain areas, are now open…but shouldn’t be relied on.
  • Self catering and self contained accommodation for tourism are now available and wild camping is now permitted.
  • Face coverings must be worn on all Public Transport, and is mandatory in all shops.
  • 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.
  • 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 IS TREKSCOTLAND UP TO AT PRESENT?

  • All these measures mean that we can offer Wilderness Mountain Trekking for Single and Multi Days
  • For us this means group sizes are now back to ‘normal’ allowing our Trekking to now operate as originally planned. For our both our Single Day and Multiday Wilderness Mountain Treks we generally work on a ratio of one guide to six people.  
  • In all cases, where possible, physical distancing, unless all from the same household, would have to be maintained throughout 
  • We work on the premise that everyone, including ourselves, are asymptomatic and potential carriers and spreaders of COVID-19.
 

ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS BY TREKSCOTLAND IN RELATION TO COVID-19:

TREKSCOTLAND 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, including if having to quarantine on arrival because of travelling from a country which is on Scotland’s quarantine list.  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.

TREKSCOTLAND 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.
  • Work on the premise that all participants, including ourselves, are asymptomatic and potential carriers and spreaders of COVID-19

TREKSCOTLAND will: 

  • Give you a full refund with our COVID-19 Peace of Mind Guarantee if you have to cancel because of a COVID-19 incident 
  • Clean and sanitise all gear appropriately and to a high standard between Treks.  This will include the use of hospital grade HOCL [Hypoclorous Acid] fogging,  UVC Ozone Germicidal lamps, and the quarantining of equipment for a minimum of 72 hours
  • On Multiday Wilderness Mountain Treks, provide each client with a new filtration system such as a Water To Go Bottle
  • Keep the number of people who travel in our Transport to a minimum and adapt routes so they are generally circular, allowing people to use their own transport if they prefer. When travelling in our Transport we will provide masks, travel with windows open and have hand gel available. Our vehicle will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised between each journey.
  • 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 aware that TREKSCOTLAND 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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