COVID-19 Guidance for Swalkers

Here at Swalky, we take the safety and protection of our walkers very seriously and strongly encourage that people follow our recommendations, which have been developed alongside government guidance.

Check for COVID-19 symptoms and health conditions

Before attending any of our events, all walkers should self-assess for symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These are:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Take Part Safely

  • You should continue to follow government advice on how to participate safely in outdoor activities.
  • You should continue to follow good hygiene practices to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 

  • You should avoid sharing water bottles or other refreshment containers. Where possible, you should take your own drink to events, in a container that’s labelled or easy to recognise.

  • People are not legally required to wear face coverings at our events, but it is recommended that you wear one when you are in an enclosed space with people you would not normally meet.

Steps to Safe Walking

These standards are no longer legal binding, but should be followed where possible to help keep events safe:

  1. Self-assessment – Users should self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms before attending any event.
  2. Risk Assessment – Users should also carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment of their route and share with others before meeting up.
  3. Wash your hands regularly – Either take hand sanitizer or ensure there are washing facilities nearby. Please do not share any items unless with a member of your household.
  4. Informed decisions – Walkers should state if they’re vaccinated before meeting with others, so people can make informed decisions about their safety and if they’d like to attend.
  5. Maintain a safe distance – When walking in narrow spaces, keep dogs on leads, wear PPE and consider a one-way route. Always seek walks more than 2 meters wide and stagger event times throughout the day to reduce mass gatherings.

We are frequently checking the government website to ensure our information remains up-to-date as the situation changes, or new variants emerge.

In the event of any COVID breakout, please report positive test results via the government website here and inform all attendees of previous events that you may have come into contact with.

Please note that members walk at their own risk. Swalky accepts no responsibility for the spread of COVID-19 or breach of government guidance at our events.

Last Updated: March 2022.