Face-to-face events are back

As face-to-face events return, we’ve tried to answer all your FAQs

Published by Graham Soult

Last updated: 9 June 2021

After 15 long months, we’re so excited to once again meet our members in person! Booking has now opened for our wild breakfast and a wildlife wellbeing walk around Rainton Meadows and Joe’s Pond nature reserves, taking place on Tuesday 22 June.

In the meantime, we’ve prepared these FAQs to help answer any queries you might have as face-to-face events make a cautious, but hopefully permanent, return.

Why are face-to-face events returning now?

The latest stage of the government’s “roadmap out of lockdown”, which was implemented as planned on 17 May, made it possible for up to 30 people to meet outdoors. Indoor gatherings are still limited to six people or two households.

That’s why our first event, on 22 June, is taking place in the open air, with attendance strictly capped at 30 (including Durham Business Group and Durham Wildlife Trust staff), and with social distancing in place.

Aren’t all legal limits on social contact being lifted on 21 June?

That’s the government’s plan – but it’s not confirmed yet.

By holding our first event outside, with limited numbers, it ensures that it can still go ahead even if the next stage of lifting restrictions is delayed.

I’m not ready for face-to-face events yet – will your online events continue?

Absolutely, yes. We recognise that while many members are itching to get back together in person, others won’t yet feel ready to do so.

For that reason, we intend to continue holding our popular virtual networking events on the Remo platform for the foreseeable future, even as face-to-face events return alongside.

Our next Remo event will be at 3pm on Thursday 10 June.

Will you hold more face-to-face events soon?

That’s the idea! By holding a small event first, it will give us some useful insights into how best to do things, and how much interest there is, and to gather feedback from members about what they would like to see next.

If all limits on social contact are lifted on 21 June, that would suggest that pre-Covid-style events could return straight away – including a potential summer social!

Even if that stage of lifting restrictions is delayed, we would hope to organise further outdoor events for up to 30 people in the months ahead.

What else can I do to keep myself and others safe?

We all the knows “Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air” mantra by now, and our event on 22 June will certainly have plenty of the latter! When you attend our event, do all the things you would normally do when you head out anywhere, including having some sanitiser to hand, and bringing a face covering (for when you need to go to the loo, for example).

Taking a rapid lateral flow test beforehand can also be a good way of helping prevent the potential spread of the virus. If you need any tests, they can now be ordered free of charge via the government website, or picked up for free at your local pharmacy. You take the test at home, and it gives you a result in 30 minutes.

It goes without saying that if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, you must stay at home and order a free PCR test.

I have a different question – how can I contact you?

Just get in touch in all the usual ways – we’ll be delighted to help.