Covid-19 Update vi

We were officially open from 4th July.

While the Coronavirus outbreak brings uncertainty we want to reassure you that the safety of our customers is always our top priority. We continue to closely monitor the situation with your safety in mind and we will be taking all necessary steps to ensure a healthy and safe stay at our camp locations and our residential centre when the time is right and also on all our adventure activity sites.

See Customer Safety and Welfare: Kit Cleaning

For the latest guidance for planning and managing outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom during the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, please see the National Guidance for schools. This document should be read within the context of current government guidance which will change as the situation develops.

The Government has published a FAQ on what you can and can’t do

We will continue to prepare and do everything necessary to have your residential accommodation and activity sites ready for you when the time is right. We are closely monitoring the World Health Organization (WHO) and local health agencies for the latest developments and also following the guidance of government and public health officials. We will then be reinforcing these agencies’ recommendations on the appropriate health and safety measures with our own team.

As you come to evaluate your stay, we encourage you to review local travel recommendations and restrictions in addition to following guidance from the World Health Organisation. We have set out below the best practice guidelines and practices, taken from Government guidelines, to ensure all steps are taken to keep visiting students and staff safe from the virus when they are able to visit. These will of course be revised and published as and when these guidelines are updated.

What we will be doing:

  1. Asking all visitors to our residential centre and our tented villages to regularly wash their hands. This should be for at least 20 seconds using warm soapy water.
  2. Reminding everyone to use tissues when sneezing or coughing, covering their mouth and nose and disposing of the tissue immediately. Hand washing after this is essential.
  3. Reminding everyone not to touch their faces especially their eyes, nose and mouth.
  4. Providing hand washing facilities in strategic locations such as dining areas, dormitory entrances and the main office.
  5. As always, each group will have its own separate accommodation, tented and hard-top, with dedicated staff who remain with you for the duration of your stay. This means there is no contact with other groups whilst on camp or on activity. This also applies to our adventure activity days.
  6. Residentials for the most part run from Monday to Friday and no two Residentials will run back to back so giving us time to deep clean each accommodation between groups in line with national guidelines and recommendations. This includes dining areas, communal areas, tents, dormitories and washing facilities.
  7. Reviewing and updating actions and procedures in line with Government advice.

What we will be asking you to do:

  1. Ensure your child understands the need to wash their hands regularly and use tissues if they need to sneeze or cough.
  2. Provide tissues for their stay at the school residential.
  3. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:    i)  a high temperature  ii)  a new, continuous cough   iii) a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste  (anosmia).
  4. If you develop these symptoms, however mild, or you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, then you should immediately self-isolate stay at home for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others, all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. See the stay at home guidanceand this explanatory diagram for further information.
  5. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111online service. If you do not have internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
  6. If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you should arrange a test by visiting UK, or contact 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access.
  7. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and water or hand sanitiser, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, before you eat or handle food, or when you get to work or arrive home.
  8. Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand. Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser.
  9. Wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Social distancing, hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes, remain the most important measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Face coverings do not replace these. See the staying safe outside your home guidance, and you can find guidance on how to wear and make a cloth face covering.
  10. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
  11. Let your school / visiting group know if any member of your family is being tested for Covid-19.
  12. Let your school / visiting group know if any member of your family has recently returned from a Coronavirus hotspot.

The Government’s recovery strategy can be found here

Get the latest NHS information and advice here

Also see the latest guidance for implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings.

We want to thank you in advance for putting your trust in Cumulus Outdoors and we look forward to welcoming you back when we can.