Covid-19 guidelines

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General guidance

The spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is having a significant impact on our lives and is likely to continue to do so over the coming months. The BBS is taking this threat seriously, and is prioritising the health and well-being of members, volunteers and any of the general public with whom we interact.

Whilst we do not wish to discourage recording, and meetings once these are able to go ahead, it is imperative that you follow the guidelines for the country and area where you live.

Field meetings

The current restrictions in place to control the spread of coronavirus make it impossible to organise traditional field meetings. Rules are set independently by England, the devolved nations, and the Republic of Ireland, which complicates the situation. These rules are summarised below, but note that the dates given are provisional and the details are likely to change over the next few weeks and months. We will try and keep this information up to date, but once the restrictions start to relax, the meeting organiser will be responsible for ensuring that the current national and local guidance is followed. Please see ‘Guidance for meeting organisers’ below for more details.

  • England From 29 March, up to six people from a maximum of two households may be able to meet outside but should stay local, and from 31 May up to 30 people may meet together outside. More details  here
  • Scotland No change has been announced to the current stay at home guidance More details here
  • Wales No change has been announced to the current stay at home guidance More details here
  • Northern Ireland Up to six people from a maximum of two households can meet outdoors but should travel no more than ten miles.  More details here
  • Republic of Ireland Level 5 restrictions remain in place until at least 5 April, and currently no  organised outdoor gatherings are permitted More details here

Guidance for meeting organisers

The meeting organiser is responsible for ensuring that the current national and local guidance is followed, both during the meeting and when travelling to and from meetings. There may be occasions when local lockdown measures are in place, although these usually relate to urban areas.

As always, organisers will exercise their usual common sense and ensure that social distancing is observed at all times and that areas where large numbers of the public are likely to be encountered, such as parks and beauty spots, are avoided. It is particularly important at this time for organisers to familiarise themselves with the BBS Safety code, complete a risk assessment and ensure that all participants are aware of the contents.

A record should be maintained of attendees, to be kept for 21 days.

Last updated 1st March 2021

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