To ensure that we can all continue to enjoy bushwalking, we have created the following guidelines to assist you when joining a walk.
- When gathering at the meeting place prior to the walk keep your distance from others and greet other members with a wave rather than shaking hands or hugging.
- Avoid cramming too many people into cars. We may have to take extra cars so there is sufficient space between passengers. We will also try to organize walks closer to home to reduce the time required to travel
- On the walk remember to keep your distance at all times including around stops and at camp. Don’t share mugs, water bottles and cutlery unless it has been sterilized in boiling water.
- Tent sharing should be avoided as well unless you are sure that the person you are sharing with has tested negative to the virus.
- The COVID 19 virus is destroyed when it enters the digestive system so drink plenty of water on the walk and while travelling to the walk.
- If you are feeling unwell, been overseas, tested positive or are awaiting test results please do not attend walks or social events until you are well or have tested negative.
- If you have booked to attend the walk and have to pull out please advise the leader as soon as possible after deciding no to participate in the walk.
- Should someone get injured on a walk then first aid must be applied. Place a handkerchief or mask over your nose and mouth before administering the first aid and get tested for the virus immediately after returning home. remember to thoroughly wash your hands after administering the first aid.
- Carrying a small amount of hand sanitizer might be useful especially if the available water is limited.
If we all follow the guidelines above and from health authorities we can continue to go walking and stay safe from the virus. I can’t think of a better place to socialize than out on a walk in an area away from the crowds if we exercise caution and follow the guidelines.