Walk program status
The walk program has been suspended with immediate effect given the Melbourne restrictions that are now in force. Resumption will depend on lifting of restrictions to enable groups of at least 10 and leaders being willing to restart.
Please note we have already extended any memberships active at 1 April or commenced or renewed after that date for an additional 6 months. During this time we have not being sending membership renewal reminders. Your membership expiry date is located under your member profile details.
To maintain the health of all walkers and leaders the following protocols apply:
- Day walks only
- Minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 participants (including Leader)
- Leader discretion as to start times and duration of walks (these maybe at unusual times to minimise risk of encountering others)
- Multiple walks per day and weekday walks possible (if there are enough leaders)
- Remoter locations, or locations with wider paths
- Walkers must book into each walk (including Sunday walks)
- Prepayment of walk fees for non-members (generally no refunds if you cancel)
- No carpooling arranged by Club. All participants must be able to make their own way to the walk start. If you can’t make your own way to the start, please do not book.
- Good hygiene practices during the walk (social distancing, everyone to have their own hand sanitisers, no sharing food/water/equipment, care and extra use of hand sanitisers with public toilets, handrails, rocks etc where others may have touched).
As leaders nominate walks they will be advertised on the website.
Should you participate?
Leaders will be asking all walkers the following questions at the start of the walk:
1. Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms:
– flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
– shortness of breath; AND
2. Do you live in a restricted postcode?
If so, unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the walk.
If you or anyone in your household feels sick in any way, please cancel. If you become unwell during the walk please notify your Leader immediately.
Leaders will also ask the group to confirm the night before, including themselves, that nobody meets any of the criteria that would prevent them from walking.
If you are in a high risk category, including being elderly or having a pre-existing medical condition, you should consider carefully whether you participate as the Club will accept no liability if you choose to participate.
Maximum of 10 walkers, including Sunday walks. Prepayment of fees
There will be a maximum of 10 people, including the leader on all walks – including Sunday walks. At the leader’s discretion there may be less (minimum of 4 for remote bushwalks).
Members will still receive one week advance booking.
All walk fees will be prepaid to avoid Leaders having to handle cash. Unless there are exceptional circumstances there will be no refunds. So please do not book unless you are fully committed to walking. If you book and cannot do the walk, please let your Leader know immediately, so that someone else has the opportunity.
Accommodated and hut walks, overnight and extended walks, public transport walks
Accommodated walks, hut walks, overnight and extended walks and public transport walks remain cancelled until further notice.
During the walk please practice good hygiene to minimise the risk of infection. Maintain a distance of 1.5 meters between yourself and your fellow walkers. Do not share food or water or shake hands. Use tissues and do not dispose of these in the bush. Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow. Wash hands and use sanitiser after contact with petrol pumps, public toilets, handrails, rocks etc, where there have been many hands.
If you are not able to practice good hygiene during the walk after repeated warnings, your Leader will ask you to leave the walk.
Car pooling and public transport
We encourage you to think carefully before using public transport to get to the walk meeting points.
The Club and Leaders will not organise carpooling. If you organise your own please follow government guidelines.
You will need to organise your own way to the start of the walk.
Before and After walk activities
Please consider carefully all before and after walk activities, such as takeaway coffee, cake, dinner etc and ensure you can comply with the social distancing and good hygiene recommendations.
Club nights will continue virtually using zoom. Please register beforehand on the website to receive your invite. Participation is at your own risk, regarding security issues. However there should be no private issues discussed.
Cancellation of walks at short notice, different start times, duration and days
Walks maybe cancelled if Leaders no longer feel comfortable leading or the Committee considers the risks too high, if participants are not observing social distancing and good hygiene.
To minimise risks of encountering other groups start times may be earlier or later than usual. The walks may even be held on a weekday. With maximum participants of 10, there may be more than one hike offered per day, depending on leader availability.
We are continually monitoring the situation, and expert advice is changing rapidly, so please monitor the website and your emails the evening before, and morning of, your walk. We may need to cancel events at short notice.
The YHA Bushwalking Victoria Committee is meeting Wednesday night 13 May, 2020 to discuss what the relaxation of some restrictions means for the Club. We will then schedule a meeting with leaders to determine who might be comfortable with leading walks and what constraints we will need to have to ensure the safety of all participants. We will keep you informed as decisions are made.
As a result of the Victorian and a Federal government announcements, our current walk program has been suspended until further notice.The Victorian Government has cancelled all non-essential activities including sporting events. All non-essential travel is to be avoided. Bushwalking does not qualify as essential travel.
The safety and welfare of our leaders, members, walkers and the community is paramount. We hope you can stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will resume walking as soon as it is safe to do so.
Physical club nights have also been cancelled until further notice. However we recognise it’s important to maintain connections during these strange and unusual times. So we will be starting virtual club nights using zoom technology, commencing from 5 May, 2020. Further details are on the current walks program.
Given the current circumstances, all members as at, or joining after, 1 March, 2020, will receive an additional free 6 months membership. Your membership expiry date will be extended under your membership profile.
Please note we no longer use physical membership cards.