Coronavirus updates



Update 2nd April: Currently climbing walls remain closed. Many are providing details on how you can help them during these uncertain times, should your circumstances allow. Ideas include unfreezing membership and buying gift cards for future purchases. Go to your regular climbing wall's website for more information on these ideas. There is also a fundraising page for freelance staff and route setters, who are impacted by walls being closed at this time.

If you work in the climbing industry, general sector advice is being provided by the Sport and Recreation Alliance and also by the Outdoor Industry Association. You can subsribe to their updates via their websites and we will continue to update you with information as we can too.

Update 24th March: Latest information from the government is to #stayhome and away from others. Full details can be read here. We will keep this page updated with the latest advice.

Update 23rd March: Following the government's advice to close leisure facilities climbing walls are closed around the UK and beyond. They will remain closed until advice changes from the government. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson is giving daily briefings and we at NICAS central will be keeping a watch and updating our website with any new or revised guidance. If you have a question regarding your NICAS or NIBAS sessions, your local (regular) climbing wall will be best placed to advise as each climbing wall has its own arrangements for customers.

We are aware that in many cases membership and direct debit arrangements have been frozen whilst the climbing wall is closed. Climbing walls are giving people suggestions should they wish to support their wall during this time. For example, where people feel they can, they might continue paying membership, buying vouchers for future use, or making purchases from online climbing shops where available.These gestures are really appreciated but of course everyone's situation is unique to them so again, if this is something you would like to do then the best idea is to go to the website or social media sites for your local wall to find out the latest information. We will continue to do what we can to support the industry and to keep you updated with the latest information.

Update 17th March: Following the government's advice to begin social distancing, many walls have reviewed their opening policies with some opting to close. Others are remaining open, with new and revised arrangments in place. You will need to make contact with your local climbing wall directly for their current opening information. They will be busy at this time with enquiries so do please be mindful of this. It may be best to check their websites and social media feeds for the latest information. These are unprecedented times and the situation is fast moving. We will do what we can to support the industry and to keep you updated with the latest information.

Original statement 7th March: We have been asked by walls for advice regarding climbing sessions and the risk of coronavirus from a wall environment. Our recommendation is that walls and their users follow the advice of the UK Chief Medical Officers (or equivalent officer for our non-UK sites). This advice suggests that effective handwashing for 20 seconds and avoidance of touching the facial area are the best methods to prevent infection. Making use of hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities at walls should minimise the risks to wall users.

The Association of British Climbing Walls has provided advice for walls regarding coronavirus. They suggest that wall staff should encourage climbers to wash hands before and after climbing. Everyone should be reminded not to touch their mouths or eyes if their hands aren’t clean.

Current NHS advice about risk, prevention, and whether there is a need to avoid public places is updated on this website and we suggest keeping a watching brief to see if this advice changes.

The NICAS and NIBAS team.




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