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 WEDNESDAY  the 5th of August 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, Aberdeen City is currently under local lockdown with a 5 mile [8km] restriction for leisure and none essential travel.
  • Travel from England, Wales and Northern Ireland into Scotland for leisure activities is no longer restricted, except potentially to Aberdeen City.
  • 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.
  • A maximum of 15 people can meet outdoors BUT presently only be from five different households. Furthermore, physical distancing between households must be maintained.
  • 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 is 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 some Wilderness Mountain Trekking,  specifically bespoke Single Day Treks and bespoke Multi Day Treks with Wild Camping
  • This can be for a maximum of 15 people, including the guide BUT can only be from 5 different households…again including the guide
  • This is ideal for working with ‘bubbles’. This can be for any of the following as long as there are no more than 15 people from 5 different households, including the guide(s). This would work well for family groups, couples, and single clients [making a group of 4].
  • 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. 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 incidence 
  • 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 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 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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