We are pleased to announce that we have resumed our fortnightly walking programme. Obviously with COVID-19 still very much in evidence we must follow government guidance to minimise the risk to everybody involved and everybody we meet on our walks. As government guidance changes regularly we must keep aware of the potential changes for our group and will evolve our guidance accordingly.

For the foreseeable future, the following guidance will need to be adopted by all people joining our walks.

Walk Leaders will need to take a register on site of each participant on walks before the walk starts (name and contact details). Should the need arise each walker must be prepared to share personal details which could be passed on to Track and Trace organisations.

Walk Leaders are required to risk assess their planned walks to give extra attention to things including 'pinch points' on routes like stiles and kissing gates to avoid breaches of social distancing. Walk Leaders are not responsible for cleaning/sanitising such obstacles.

Walk Leaders and walkers should ensure that they separate into groups of no more than 6 people for the duration of the activity. This may mean setting off and travelling in small sub groups while keeping safe visible contact with other parts of the overall walking group. If groups become too spread put then the Walk Leader must stop and regroup. Walkers must walk to the pace of the slowest walker. Walk Leaders should consider using less populated car parks so that contact with the general public is kept to a minimum.

Walkers should not travel to/from the walk starting point by car with someone from outside their household or 'bubble'.

Individual walkers must take responsibility for their own personal 'risk assessment'. That is to give thought to their personal participation risk, giving consideration to their physical health, any underlying issues and the health circumstances of those people they may be living with or isolating with in their household. This self assessment is a purely private matter.

Individual walkers should not attend if they are showing or feeling any symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the walk.

Individual walkers need to maintain physicial distancing of 2 metres with anyone not in their household or 'bubble' throughout their time on the walk.

Individual walkers cannot rely on physical help from others during the walk if this breaches distancing guidelines.

Keep in mind hygiene, particularly during refreshment breaks. Individuals should provide and carry their own sanitiser for personal use and also a mask in case there is an instance where social distancing is an issue. There should be no sharing of foodstuff and drinks.

For the foreseeable future, the use of pubs or cafes at the end of our walks for our traditional 'debriefs' is not permitted under the auspices of the club. Individuals however may do so but this is outside of the club's area of responsibility.

Finally, we should all have our usual fun! The guidelines are there to help us do this safely.

Issued by the Ivybridge Walking Club Committee on 24 August 2020. Updated 11 October 2020.

COVID-19 Guidelines for Ivybridge Walking Club walks