As you are all no doubt aware, a viral pandemic - known as Covid-19 or Coronavirus - has swept across the globe since first being detected in China in December 2019.
Countries around the world have been forced into lockdown, including the UK which was locked down on the 23rd March. Since then, case numbers have decreased considerably and we are in the fortunate position to be able to ease these lockdown measures.
As such, in Scotland on the 15th July 2020 the conditions of lockdown will allow people to travel into the Highlands and Islands and stay in accommodation such as hotels, hostels and B&B's. Essentially this means that travelling into the mountains - with or without a guide - is acceptable once again.
Here at Craig Dubh Adventures we see this as a positive - yet tentative - development, and hope that this trend in virus transmission rates continues to decrease in the coming weeks. We also think that your health and safety is of utmost importance.
As outdoor activity providers we have been working behind the scenes to ensure that our activities minimise the risk of any transmission of the virus, and have drawn up appropriate Risk Assessments which closely follow Scottish Government guidelines to ensure we are being safe, sensible and honest with ourselves and our clients.
We have achieved the Visit Scotland's "Good to Go Badge", meaning we are prepared as best as possible to welcome our guests back again from the 15th July. Some of the steps we are taking are as follows,
We will provide a full refund for any bookings were clients or anyone in their households experience symptoms or are tested positive for Covid-19 within 14 days of their booking taking place.
We will provide a full refund for any bookings should your guide or anyone in their households experience any symptoms or are tested positive for Covid-19 within 14 days of their booking taking place.
We will provide a no-contact activity. This will include briefings, kit checks & demonstrations.
As much as possible we will maintain social distancing at the current recommended 2 metres, In some environments this will not be possible and the use of masks etc may be recommended.
We will meet you at the venue of your activity, ensuring that there is no shared transport until guidelines change to accommodate this.
We encourage you to bring your own hand sanitizer, face mask, gloves & disposable tissues. Your guide will have these for personal - not shared- use.
Your guide will have use of a surgical face mask should any first aid be required
Group sizes will be kept small - no more than 6 - and preferably from the same household.
We will continue to monitor and adjust these guidelines in accordance with information provided by the Scottish Government
Understandably, we cannot guarantee that you will not contract the virus whilst you are on our activities, but the above protocols, adhered to by both clients and guides, should minimise the risk of this happening, particularly as we are outdoors throughout the activity.
Finally, it is worth noting that Mountain Rescue Teams are operating differently throughout this period, in a way to protect themselves and their loved ones. Therefore there is more onus on us being self-sufficient. Please ensure you read our Kit Lists and come prepared with extra layers, hats and gloves to ensure your comfort in the mountains.
Should you have any questions regarding any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to discuss it further.