THE UK Government announcement today of further restrictions means bushcraft and outdoors courses will almost certainly be postponed until Spring 2021.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined that, from Thursday, the UK would be subjected to a raft of new measures aimed at curtailing the spread of COVID-19.
In order to comply with this ruling we will now no longer be able to provide tuition to groups of more than four individuals (this falls in line with the ‘rule of six’ plus the requirement for up to two instructors).
Followers and customers of Wild Parkin will no doubt recall that. earlier this year, we took the decision to postpone courses for the foreseeable future and were looking at Spring 2021 as a possible date for new bookings.
Darren Parkin, owner and Head of Directing Staff at Wild Parkin, responded to the Government’s announcement by urging people not to neglect the power of the outdoors during what is expected to be at least a further six months of restrictions.
“Back in March we announced we would not be taking any bookings or running courses for what, potentially, looked like being a year,” he said.
“Admittedly, at the the time, that looked a little overcautious – but now it looks like it may have been unwittingly prophetic.
“We won’t be instructing any groups of more than four on any of our sites and partner venues until the current guidelines allow.
“However, we are still able to provide one-on-one tuition and bespoke experiences, and will consider groups of four – possibly five if we require only one instructor – especially if that group is within a single family bubble.
“This is unfortunate, but not insurmountable, and we share the concern and frustration of any individual or business feeling the effects of these unprecedented and curious times.
“I would, though, urge anyone experiencing the emotional or mental effects of a restricted lifestyle to remember the outdoors is a great refuge for our own wellbeing at times like this.
“Head outdoors and feel the freedom of nature’s escapes as often as possible – it can be a tonic for both the heart and soul.
“We’re always here to offer any advice or help so, please, don’t hesitate to drop us a line and we’ll do whatever we can to make sure you can make the most of what’s out there.”
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