COVID-19 Update 18/09/20

We have always put considerable time and effort into ensuring that our sites are operating safely and within the law. Since restarting our games in July, we have consistently gone above and beyond the minimum required of us by law to mitigate the new risks resulting from COVID-19.

As a result, we are satisfied that our existing measures are robust enough to satisfy the new requirements introduced into law this week.

It is now incredibly important that everyone attending any of our events abide by the rules which we have in place. The UK is currently at another tipping point, with another potential lockdown looming on the horizon if conditions deteriorate.

It is for this reason that everyone needs to be sensible and cooperate with all of the measures put into place. None of us want to see our sport suspended again, least of all those of us for whom it is our sole source of income. Please, please, please don’t come to events with the attitude that it doesn’t matter, or that some of the rules are silly and petty, and please remain vigilant throughout your time with us.

Please do not come to site if you, or anyone in your household are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

Groups of more than six persons are not permitted. If you are part of a larger group who wish to attend together you will need to split into smaller sections and remain in these groups throughout your day.

We are still permitting small numbers of players to camp over if they are travelling a long distance – again, you must stay in groups of six or less and do not move between those groups while on site. If you need to camp over, please ensure that you communicate with the site manager before coming so that you know what is required of you.

We are now legally required to take a contact number for at least one person out of every group. We will ask each individual to provide us with a contact number on arrival for NHS track and trace. If you are in a group, we can accept a single contact number for more than one person in the group if the contact is willing to offer it. If you are on site alone we have to take your number.

Contact numbers taken for this purpose will be kept on a paper record for the required 21 days and then securely destroyed. They will not be used for any other purpose than to comply with the track & trace requirements.

Face coverings:

Face coverings are an important part of containing the spread of the virus. They are not there to prevent the wearer from contracting the virus (although they may help reduce the risk). Their primary purpose is to prevent the wearer from spreading the virus to others if they are carrying it but are as yet unaware. This is more likely to occur among young, healthy individuals as these persons are less likely to display severe (or in some cases, any) symptoms if infected.

Please do not be selfish by making silly excuses not to wear a face covering when around others. If you struggle to wear a face covering for longer periods, we recommend a neck snood which can quickly be lifted temporarily when approaching others or entering the shop.

We do, however recognise that there may be a genuine medical reason why some persons are unable to wear a face covering for extended periods, or while engaging in exercise. We expect these persons to make every effort, using other measures to shield others from possible infection, for example maintaining a two-metre minimum distance.

As with all medical conditions which may affect your health, safety and wellbeing while on site, we also expect you to notify the site manager on arrival in case an incident arises during your visit.

Within the car park and safe zone areas, we require the following actions from all customers:

Wear a face covering at all times where possible. We will not be forcing people to do this as all of our safe zone areas are currently outdoors, however we expect everyone to comply if they are able to avoid forgetting.

If you enter a building or tent in the safe zone area, you are legally required to wear a face covering if you are able to do so.

You will need to stick with a social group of six persons or fewer while in the safe zone. Do not go within two metres of others not in this group of six.

Our activities in the game zone are covered under different rules and our existing precautionary measures already take these rules into account.

We ask that you comply with the following while in the game zone:

Maintain a minimum two-metre distance from others not in your six-person group where possible.

If wearing a covering over your nose and mouth you may get within two-metres for very short periods – we still advise that distance is maintained.

Under 18s must wear lower face protection anyway in order to be permitted to play – this has always been the case and is a requirement of our public liability insurance policy.

Players aged 18 and above are already strongly encouraged to wear lower face protection, those choosing not to, do so at their own risk when it comes to injury from BB impacts etc. We require all adult players to wear some form of lower face covering unless they have a genuine medical reason not to do so as mentioned above.

Avoid clustering closely at respawn points or objectives – remember to maintain distance from others not in your six-person group. This is all the more important if you choose not to wear a face covering.

When gathering for briefings/debriefings be alert as to your distancing and avoid getting too close to others.

Physical contact with other players is not permitted – for FilmSim games, modified bandaging rules are in place and in-game casualties should not be moved.

We strongly recommend wearing gloves while in the game zone. Interaction with any props carries a very small risk of contamination and is done so at your own risk – please wear gloves if possible.

Over the next week, we will be listing our open day events for the rest of 2020 on both our website and Facebook pages to help everyone with their planning. We will not be making tickets available for purchase until a month before the event to allow for any changes in capacity or the possibility of event cancellation.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all once again for your continued support and understanding and look forward to seeing you out in the field.