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Information updated 10 June 2020

Our position is based upon The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, advice from government officials and with regard to information published in government technical documents, etc.

This protocol applies to running as an individual or in a small group of not more than two households.The information is suggested and is not definitive.

The evidence and advice provided by Scottish and UK regulations and advice as at 29 May 2020 is that it’s acceptable for individuals and small groups from not more than two households to meet up and exercise outdoors while adhering to physical distancing.

The COVID-19 virus is new and knowledge is increasing at a rapid rate. As of the date that this protocol was developed, it was believed that it would be an effective way of minimising the risk of spreading the virus in the context or a small group of experienced runners, none of whom are in a vulnerable group who have no symptoms of the virus, have had no contact with anyone showing symptoms of the virus, who are running in the open air within a rural setting, and who are maintaining a separation space not less than that advised by official sources. Naturally, there is no guarantee that this protocol will totally prevent infection being passed between participants, but we believe that it does reduce the risk to a level below that incurred in interaction with others in day-to-day life.
  • Check whether you are included in the list of those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus. SEE THE LIST

  • Only run if you have NO symptoms and haven’t been in contact with anyone else who does have symptoms. Symptoms are either:

    • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
    • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
    • a loss of taste or smell

  • Gather up and get running as quickly as possible.

  • Keep a minimum of 2-3 metres distance between household groups.

  • It would be sensible for household groups to ideally stay 10 metres apart, but to remain a minimum of 2-3 metres away from each other.

  • If the route goes into farmland, comply with the NFU Scotland guidance on public access to farmland during Covid-19 In particular, if you have to open/close gates, cross fences, etc. bear in mind that these may have been contaminated and you should take the appropriate precautions.

  • See the NFU poster with advice to the public

  • After the run, you should take the appropriate precautions in case gates, fences, etc. may have been contaminated.

Government advice will continue to be monitored and our run protocols will be updated as we become aware of changes. Please check this page regularly to stay aware of changes.

 IMPORTANT: Most of the information on this page has been obtained from government, health service or other credible sources. The author of the page is not a medical professional, is not qualified to provide advice, and the content of the page does not constitute advice, whether medical or otherwise. Where an interpretation has been expressed, the author’s best efforts have been used, with the intent to be accurate and objective. The global position regarding coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease which can result from the virus (COVID-19) is fast-moving and official advice changes daily - often more frequently - as new information becomes available and judgements made. Therefore, any information and/or interpretation contained on this page may be out of date. You should therefore NOT rely upon any content within this page, and no liability is accepted for any errors, omissions or temporal lag in the content. You should use it as general guidance only, and as the basis of your own research into the current state of knowledge and advice as you follow up official announcements.