Following government confirmation that the planned easing is pressing ahead from Monday 19th July, how you visit Red Spider will be changing too!
While this will bring many welcome relaxations that we can’t wait to enjoy, this Phase 4 of the government’s easing roadmap does not mean there is no more risk from Covid. Red Spider has many visitors who have not yet been vaccinated with one or both jabs, and especially with many younger members in our staff and instructing teams, this includes the Red Spider Crew.
Spider Climbing has therefore taken the decision not to remove all of our risk management strategies in a single sweep. Instead, we will commence with the easing outlined below from Monday 19th July, and from there, after monitoring the effects on staff, customers, and Red Spider, we will move towards a further relaxation as soon as it feels safe enough to do so.
We will be keeping a close eye on the situation across the country and we will keep you Spiders updated as soon as we can.
Key policies from Monday 19th July at Red Spider
Data suggests that wearing a face mask reduces the risk of transmission to others by 80%, and to yourself by 50%. Therefore, from Monday, it will remain a matter of Spider policy that all customers and staff occupying public areas and walkways will be required to wear face masks. Customers will not be required to wear masks while eating in the café, and it will be a matter of personal choice as to whether you would like to wear a mask while climbing, on the mats, in the training area and during coached sessions.
While the overall centre capacity will be increased by 10% from Monday, Red Spider has elected to retain a relaxed maximum capacity for the safety and comfort of staff and customers. Individual area capacities will be removed.
You will still be able to check how busy we are before visiting.
Hygiene and Cleaning:
Red Spider will be retaining our hygiene and cleaning policies. Hand sanitiser stations will remain available across the centre, we will continue with our hourly cleans of high-contact areas, and everyone is encouraged to wash hands regularly while at Red Spider.
All Other Changes from Monday 19th July Until Further Notice:
- Showers will be open
- All coaching will return and operate as it did before restrictions
- The Café will run as it did before restrictions; maintaining more spacing in the seating areas for the time being
What’s Staying the Same?
- Contactless will continue to be our preferred method of payment
- The drinking fountain will continue to be for filling bottles only for the time being
- We will continue with regular testing of our staff and instructors
- We will continue to have separate entry and exit points
- We’ll be keeping screens up at reception
Back Climbing and Thank You
You’ve all been incredible throughout this challenging time. Out of lockdowns, we’ve each played a part in keeping the centre open and helping to keep each other safe.
It’s been a long journey, and for many, it will feel a strange and almost unfamiliar return towards climbing as usual. Please remain considerate to your fellow Spiders and please, if you feel at all unwell, wait until another time to visit – we’ll see you soon!
From the team, and most of all from Steve our Director, thank you to you all.