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Coronavirus 2020: LDWA position


This page contains the LDWA's latest position on the Coronavirus outbreak

 

30 March 2020:

No further updates

Posted 24 March 2020:

The LDWA has continued to monitor Her Majesty's Government advice in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All challenge events, social walks and other formal LDWA business organised by any of the local groups have been cancelled until further notice.

On 23 March, the Prime Minister issued a statement ordering everyone to stay at home with a limited number of exceptions. It included instructions about exercise. Full details can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

We hope that everybody in the LDWA understands the seriousness that the United Kingdom finds itself in and urges all members to be responsible.

 

Posted 16 March 2020:

The LDWA has continued to monitor Her Majesty's Government advice in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Following a change to the Government advice on 16 March, the LDWA National Executive Committee has decided that all challenge events, social walks and other formal LDWA business organised by any of the local groups will be cancelled immediately. The ban will be reviewed by the National Executive Committee weekly or when Government advice alters and any subsequent amendments will be communicated.

The National Executive Committee understands that the decision taken to cancel all challenge events and social walks will be concerning to members. The safety of all our members, whether they are volunteer marshals or entrants and the association's ability to deliver a safe environment for all was the reason that the decision has been taken. The Government has advised that everyone should avoid non-essential travel and reduce contact with others in order to slow the spread of the virus. Walking socially would undermine the Government's advice in relation to both non-essential travel and socialisation.

A decision as to what will happen to Y 100 Sir Fynwy in the future will take place in consultation with the National Executive Committee and the committees of all other planned 100 mile challenge walks. Now that the clause in Rule 7.1 has been invoked, entrants can expect to hear more once a wider consultation has taken place with other stakeholders.

A bulk email will be sent to all local group representatives within the next 48 hours outlining the actions that they must take with details of support that the National Executive Committee can offer during the period in question.

 

Posted 5 March 2020:

The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) has been monitoring the news in relation to the world outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, the LDWA is monitoring the UK Government advice and will act responsibly based on the advice provided. There are currently no plans to cancel any of its gatherings including the AGM or annual 100 mile walk challenge event but if Government advice changes then the LDWA plans will be reviewed and advice provided to the 43 geographical groups and membership.

 

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