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The UK government’s understanding of the risks presented by the COVID-19 virus is changing on a daily basis at the present time based on expert advice and modelling of the global epidemic. We are keen to minimise risk to all of our groups, their members and the wider public, and recommend that ARGs always take a precautionary approach.

Government advice is still that you must: 

  • limit contact with other people and wear a face mask in indoor settings
  • keep your distance if you go out (at least 2 metres)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. 


Updates: June 2021

Restrictions have eased but we must continue to exercise caution. You can use the BBC’s postcode finder to find out about the specific lockdown rules in your area



COVID restrictions are changing on a weekly basis - and are location-specific. If you are planning any sort of activity, it is best to search under the postcode of the area you are operating in. The following links from each governments' official website contain the most up to date COVID-19 related restrictions.

England: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

Wales: https://gov.wales/coronavirus

Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-what-restrictions-mean-you

Republic of Irleand: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/


This advice will be updated as more information becomes available. 

We have attached a risk assessment including COVID 19  - document you can download this here  (227 KB)

We have attached the current best practice advice from CIEEM for its members, which sets out sensible precautions which ARG volunteers may wish to adopt when surveying - pdf this can be downloaded here. (623 KB)

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