Chelmsford YHA Group

Chelmsford YHA Group

Message from the Committee

Coronavirus Response

COVID Policy for Trips

Now that we are restarting trips to hostels and bunkhouses with shared facilities, we want to do everything we can to keep each other safe. From the end of September, we expect everyone coming on our trips and sharing accommodation to be fully vaccinated (if eligible). We'd also like everyone to take a lateral flow test before coming on a trip. We may ask to see your NHS Covid Pass or equivalent evidence. Please don't book on future trips unless you're prepared to do this.

(agreed at committee meeting on 18th August 2021)

Coronavirus: Advice for Outdoor Events (Walking/Cycling) while restrictions are in force.

In anticipation of future outdoor meetings under the current coronavirus restrictions, the committee has updated our risk assessment for walking/cycling events and agreed the following advice for members who are organising or participating in such events.


  • Ask people to contact you if they want to come, keep a list of who is going, and decide on the maximum group size appropriate for the planned activity.
  • Stay outdoors.
  • Check latest government advice and amend plans if necessary.
  • Check for any local restrictions.
  • Be prepared to change plans if social distancing becomes difficult, for example if the destination is crowded.
  • Organisers are asked to retain a list of attendees for 21 days in case needed to support NHS contact tracing.
  • Some useful advice, including a risk assessment checklist, is available on the Ramblers website.

All Participants

  • Tell the organiser in advance if you plan to join the event (for some, you can book online).
  • Please don't go if the organiser hasn't confirmed there is space for you.
  • Make yourself familiar with latest government advice
  • Please don't go if you need to self-isolate due to COVID-19 symptoms or test result.
  • Please don't go if you need to self-isolate because of contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Take extra care if you are vulnerable because of age or health conditions, or if you share a home with someone who is extremely vulnerable.
  • Stay 2 metres apart.
  • Wash your hands when you can.
  • Bring your own hand sanitiser and use it.
  • Bring your own food and drink, and don't share it.
  • Bring a face covering in case unforeseen circumstances make social distancing impossible. Accidents or incidents may mean distance can't be maintained e.g. to provide first aid, using a taxi or public transport, or needing to visit a shop.
  • Avoid touching gates, stiles, fences etc. where possible. You may wish to bring a glove or other hand covering with which to open gates etc.
  • Remember that lift-sharing and use of public transport is discouraged. If lift sharing is unavoidable, use of face covering and increased ventilation is advised.
  • Social contact before or after the event (e.g. at pubs and cafés) should be limited. Follow current government guidelines and restrictions at any venue visited.

17th June 2020; Reviewed and updated 29th March 2021.

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