By Gill Stewart at
UPDATED 23rd March 2021
Please rest assured that if you see our groups out and about, it is not a bunch of people disregarding the COVID group rules but a professionally organised, OUTDOOR EXERCISE session with strict COVID 19 protocols in place. If the session you see is listed on our search portal EXERCISE ANYWHERE we can assure you it is being conducted in a COVID 19 secure manner in accordance with our guidelines.
Exercise is vital as part of our fight against COVID 19 as well as helping those recover from it. Our groups are lead by fully qualified Instructors who are trained to help people gain and maintain all aspects of fitness in safe but sociable groups. They are professional and dedicated individuals who have taken time to ensure they have the latest skills.
The measures they have in place are very comprehensive and include:-
All participants MUST register and completed health screening which includes COVID 19 questions and is updated EVERY TIME they book a session
This comprehensive booking system also enables us to place participants in small group ‘bubbles’ so we can work with NHS track and Trace to immediately identify who has walked with with anyone who may subsequently show symptoms.
On walks, we remain 2 metres apart and ensure that leaders are aware of ‘droplet spread’ when positioning people.
Most instructors are insured for a group size of up to 30 but conduct rigorous risk assessment to ascertain a safe group size which they manage with additional leaders where necessary. As a COVID secure business, delivering organised EXERCISE the Govt guidelines state that it is acceptable to exceed the RULE OF SIX.
Groups will be displaying the COVID secure logo on backpacks and armbands too
and Masks and hand sanitisers are provided with the latter being advised for meet and greet areas such as car parks where social distancing may be difficult (we do not advise masks to be worn during exercise in accordance with WHO guidelines) All participants also carry hand sanitiser and use it after touching any gates or railings etc.en route although these are generally managed by leaders.
All routes are risk assessed to avoid busy areas, contact with other members of the public/exercisers and ‘pinch points where distancing is not possible. As mentioned above all routes and locations are risk assessed in accordance with safe group size.
Most regular users use their own poles or equipment and where equipment is used for TUITION purposes, it is thoroughly cleaned and if necessary put into quarantine for 72 hours.
Our groups will look they are out having fun (because Exercise can be fun) but we are also providing the mood boosting effects of being outdoors with nature and helping people avoid isolation – we take health and wellbeing seriously and would not put anyone at risk
Finally, we do appreciate some people are not comfortable with heading out in a group so we support them virtually as well via our ON LINE EXERCISE SESSIONS for all levels
If you have any questions or concerns around group exercise outdoors please contact us on 0333 1234 540 or via e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org