UPDATED 8th January 2021
Dear Treasure Trailers,
A lot of people are asking us – is it still ok to go on a Treasure Trail?
The short answer is yes, provided there’s a Trail near enough to where you live. During the current UK Lockdowns, the government guidelines are to Stay at Home. You may still leave your home for exercise, but this should be done locally. Please scroll down for more information on what ‘local’ means for your part of the UK and links to current government guidelines where you are.
Treasure Trails are a great way for your household or permitted group to grab some fun, fresh air and a bit of outdoor learning too whilst on a walk, if there is a Trail in your local area. Trails are all outdoors in public places, you don’t need to enter any venues, indoors or out, so as long as there’s a Trail near enough to you, you can still enjoy solving Clues whilst getting some socially-distanced exercise.
Of course, we want you to have the very best Treasure Trail experience! So before you embark on your next adventure, please read our advice for safe and responsible Trailing below.
And if there isn’t a suitable Trail near enough to you, or you’ve already done your local Trail, fear not! We’ve got you covered with a series of well-being challenges over the next month or so. First up is our 14-day Brain Training Challenge which you can sign up to here.
STAY SAFE – BE PREPARED – FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES
Follow social distancing rules and stay alert at all times. Be prepared to skip a Clue and use our SMS ‘stuck on a clue’ helpline if social distancing is not possible.
Avoid touching any hard surfaces such as plaques, signs or information boards that Clues may be set on, or gates, walls or benches. Carry hand-sanitiser in case you do need to touch anything.
Don’t linger for too long in busy areas – if you need to, take a photo of a plaque or sign and move to a quieter area, or solve the Clue at home.
Keep others safe – remember that there are many vulnerable people who need or wish to self-isolate or maintain a greater social distance than guidelines suggest. While walking, please respect others and keep a safe distance from residential homes, schools and other premises.
Take supplies with you – we want you to support local businesses in your chosen location if they are open, but do suggest that you take anything vital you might need with you just in case. This includes snacks and drinks, hand sanitiser and face coverings for unforeseen instances where social distancing isn’t possible.
Plan ahead – if you’re hoping to grab some food, get takeaway food or drink or detour from your Trail into a museum or other attraction along the way, check to make sure your chosen extra stops are viable and whether you need to book ahead.
Check available facilities – the good news is that most public toilets and, if you are driving a short distance locally, car parks are still open. But we still recommend checking before you set off that your chosen location has everything you need. Some National Parks and local authorities have online alerts to show which car parks are busy or full.
Manage your children’s expectations – be prepared to skip Clues if they are not accessible:-
- Some small parks, gardens and churchyards may be temporarily closed.
- Parts of your Trail route may be too busy to observe social distancing rules.
If this is the case, please use the SMS ‘stuck on a clue’ helpline or vow to return another day to complete your adventure.
Be flexible – all good Detectives, Secret Agents and Treasure Seekers need to be adaptable from time to time. If new one-way pedestrian systems mean you are unable to follow a section of route as intended, be prepared to put your navigational skills to the test to access that section of route the right way and get back on track!
No Trail should go unsolved! – if you exceed the 3 x Clue limit on the ‘stuck on a clue’ helpline, or have any problems getting the Clue answers you need, you can still carry on with your Trail. Simply email or message us on Facebook when you’re done and we’ll get those extra Clue answers to you as soon as we can.
Please note – information on access, parking, public conveniences and other local facilities detailed within Trail booklets may not be correct at this time.
Follow the guidelines
Planning your day
When planning your Trail adventure, please make sure you are following the latest guidelines for your region and country on who and how many other people you can socially gather with outdoors, and how far and where you can travel.
Treasure Trails are all outdoors in public places and are ideal for the permitted number of members of the same household, support bubble, household bubble or extended household to do together, as you’ll be gathering around your Trail booklet and searching together to solve the Clues.
If local rules allow you to meet up with people outside your household group, support bubble, household bubble or extended household, remember that you still need to maintain a social distance of 2m (or 1m plus with facemasks in England) while completing your Trail.
Follow all social distancing advice and regulations, as well as advice or regulations on wearing a face covering in any situations where social distancing is not possible.
Wherever you live, you should not leave your house if you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or have been asked or are required to self-isolate.
Choosing your Trail
When choosing your Trail, ensure you adhere to any local or national lockdown rules, travel restriction guidelines and use of public transport.
If you are permitted to travel for exercise, whether in or beyond your local area, we’d still ask you to consider the local communities you will be visiting and avoid locations that are likely to be crowded when choosing which location to explore.
Most tourist destination websites have up-to-date information on the status of their car parks and facilities, and whether they are ‘open for visitors’. If in doubt, please get in touch via our contact page and we will do our best to advise you.
Current guidelines where you live
Wales – Alert Level 4 – you should currently only do a Treasure Trail if there is one available where you live:
While Alert level 4 restrictions are in place, you can leave home as often as you like to exercise, as long as you do so alone or with members of your household or support bubble (and/or a carer). There are no limits on the distance you can travel during exercise, though the nearer you stay to your home, the better. Your exercise should start and finish from your home and generally, this should not involve people driving to a location away from home.
Full guidelines: WALES COVID-19 Advice
Scotland – Mainland Scotland – Lockdown, some islands – Level 3
If you live in Scotland, different rules apply depending on your region. You can use the Scottish Government Postcode Checker to find out what you can or can’t do in your area. Mainland Scotland is currently in Lockdown – you should travel no further than you need to reach to a safe, non-crowded place to exercise in a socially distanced way – local outdoor recreation, sport or exercise, walking, cycling, golf, or running should start and finish at the same place (which can be up to 5 miles from the boundary of your local authority area). A maximum of two people from two households will be allowed to meet outdoors – although this excludes those who are 11 and under.
Full guidelines: SCOTLAND COVID-19 Advice
If you live in Northern Ireland, you should not travel more than 10 miles from your home in order to take exercise. You should socially distance from anyone not in your household or household bubble.
Full guidelines: NORTHERN IRELAND COVID-19 Advice
England – National Lockdown
Outdoor exercise is limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area, meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live. Outdoor exercise should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space). You can exercise with members of your household or bubble, or when on your own, with one person from another household.
Full guidelines: ENGLAND COVID-19 Advice
‘Print at Home’ downloads can be purchased and printed out by you at any time.
For ‘Printed by Us’ and ‘Personalised’ options, we are still printing and posting out Trails daily, Mon-Fri. However, please not that Royal Mail are experiencing unprecedented demand at the moment. They are working as hard as they can but this may cause a delay in your Trail reaching you. We’ve increased our expected delivery times to 3-5 days to allow for this. Plan several days ahead for a weekend adventure, or choose the download option for instant access to your Trail.
We hope you have a great time exploring on your next adventure, and would like to thank you for exploring responsibly, staying alert and doing your bit to help control the virus, keep everyone safe and save lives.
The Team @TT Towers
Treasure Trails Admin 2nd July 2020
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