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Coronavirus 2020: LDWA position


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

 

The NEC encourages members to review the Government advice relative to the nation in which they reside.

England:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Wales:
https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Scotland:
https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

Northern Ireland:
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-overview-and-advice

The NEC will review the Government advice every Monday or sooner if necessary.

 

Posted 29 May 2020:

The LDWA NEC COVID-19 sub-committee has reviewed the latest Government guidance relating to Scotland and England (issued on 28 May) and to Wales (issued on 29 May).

The NEC reviewed the position that now allows 6 people in England to meet, but due to the need to still maintain safety in relation to social distancing and in the interest of fairness to all members who might wish to attend a group social walk, the NEC has concluded that LDWA social walks in England cannot commence at this time.

Please be reassured that the NEC is considering how to mitigate the associated risks and is considering when social walks and challenge events might be allowed to resume. These are difficult times for all involved in the LDWA and the NEC is acutely aware of the distress that a loss of LDWA activities is causing for many of our members. We are grateful for your continued patience.

 

Posted 19 May 2020:

The National Executive Committee (NEC) Coronavirus sub-committee monitors the guidance provided by the Governments of England (UK), Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and meets every Monday to review the advice provided to LDWA members.

It appears to be the case that LDWA activities are going to have to adhere to a ‘new normal’ in the short, medium and perhaps long term. In order to protect the very good reputation that the LDWA has developed over many years both at a national level and in the local communities in which it operates, the NEC will consider various aspects relating to our activities. This will include things like social distancing, food hygiene, car parking, meeting places and even the width of paths that we walk on.

Please be reassured that the NEC is considering how to mitigate the associated risks and is considering when social walks and challenge events might be allowed to resume. These are difficult times for all involved in the LDWA and the NEC is acutely aware of the distress that a loss of LDWA activities is causing for many of our members. We are grateful for your continued patience.

 

Posted 10 May 2020:

Following the briefing by the Prime Minister on 10 May 2020, the NEC has reviewed the advice that has been provided and in relation to LDWA activities, the NEC has concluded that nothing will alter. All LDWA activities will therefore remain suspended for the foreseeable future.

The NEC encourages members to review the Government advice relative to the nation in which they reside as there are now differing guidelines for each of the four nations.

 

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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