Latest Coronavirus Update - Suspension of All Activities

Published: 17th March 2020

 

Ramblers Walking for Health Coronavirus Update, 4pm 17th March 2020

You will have seen the announcements made by the Government yesterday evening (Mon 16 March). We have been following Government advice and we continue to do so. Our top priority is protecting the health of our schemes, partners, walkers, volunteers and all those who take part in Ramblers Walking for Health. We also want to help supress the spread of the covid19 virus. So, I want to update you on what we are doing and what we need you to do. 

Decision 

From Wednesday 18th March we are suspending all Ramblers Walking for Health activities – including group walks, social activities and other meetings.  All these activities must stop until further notice and at least until the 31st May, subject to further developments. 

We have also asked the Ramblers Groups and Areas to do the same. 

Updates 

We will keep you updated with the latest information on our response to the covid19 virus on https://www.ramblers.org.uk/coronavirus 

Questions 

The best way to contact us is to first check the website link for information. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch via walkingforhealth@ramblers.org.uk and we will aim to get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that our offices will only have essential staff, and the Ramblers Walking for Health team are all working from home.  

How to stay active while you are at home 

Sport England have provided some useful ideas about how to stay active if you are at home. They can be accessed from their website on https://www.sportengland.org/news/how-stay-active-while-youre-home 

What is covid-19?

As you will have seen from the news, coronavirus is a type of virus common across the world.  This new strain, covid-19, was first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.  Symptoms of the virus include a cough, high temperature, and shortness of breath.

You can read the latest government updates.

What’s the best way to minimise the spread of the virus?

You can help to minimise the spread of the virus by avoiding any non-essential travel and social interaction.

Remember to:

Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue and dispose of them immediately
Wash your hands with soap and water regularly, for at least 20 seconds (or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel if not available)
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell

If you, or anyone in your household experience symptoms, the latest government advice is for everyone to self-isolate for 14 days.

We recommend keeping up to date with the latest NHS advice.

I think I might have coronavirus – what should I do?

If you have a high temperature or continuous cough (however mild), the latest advice is to self-isolate for 14 days.  This means staying at home, avoiding public places and group activities.

If your condition gets worse, you feel can’t cope with your symptoms at home, or your symptoms do not get better, please contact the NHS coronavirus service online, or by calling 111.

 

Best Wishes 

 

Ed Nicholas 

Ramblers Short Group Walks Programme Manager 

walkingforhealth@ramblers.org.uk