The Active Wellbeing Society: Outdoor Activity Update

Following Government announcements on the easing of social distancing restrictions and lockdown measures, we wanted to give you an update on where we stand on outdoor activity.

Over the last few weeks, the government has approved the restarting of outdoor activity within social distancing guidelines, the new guidance allows people to gather at parks and outdoor spaces. 

Across Birmingham, many of our members are keen to understand when our activities might return. This includes clarity around specific requirements to take part in these activities again – for example size of gatherings, hygiene rules, or level of social distancing.

The health and wellbeing of our community will always be our priority. Our position is to continue to wait for further easing of the rules before re-launching our free activity programmes across Birmingham and Solihull. This is also to ensure everyone feels safe and most importantly to accommodate everyone who wishes to take part.

We are committed to re-starting our activity as soon as it is appropriate to do so but rather than setting a specific return date or campaigning for the easing of outdoor activity guidelines, our aim is to continue collaborating with key partners, stakeholders, and public health experts.

The good news is, we are still here to provide support in a number of ways including a friendly phone chat service, provision and distribution of food, positive storytelling and virtual wellbeing activities. You can find out more about our current services at www.theaws.co.uk/coronavirus

We will also continue to deliver our live streamed activities daily on Facebook. You can view the timetable at www.theaws.co.uk/virtual.

Thank you for your support during this time and hope to you see you when the time comes. We will keep you updated as and when further updates are available, let us continue to work together to ensure the return is as smooth and safe as possible.

Please follow official guidance

We are asking communities to read and follow official government guidance very carefully. If you have a high temperature or new continuous cough that you stay at home for seven days, and that handwashing and hygiene recommendations are observed.

Official advice and guidance at the UK GovernmentNHS, the World Health Organisation and Public Health England.

Adeel Khan
Author: Adeel Khan