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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
  • 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: 20 November 2020 (from

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 link from the BBC will do a search for you in the UK based on postcode - and will provide specific information.

Please be aware that as from May 13th different nations within the United Kingdom have started to introduce country-specific recommendations for precautions against coronavirus.

This advice will be updated as more information becomes available. 

We have attached a risk assessment specific to COVID 19 based on a version drawn up by Caledonian Conservation - document this can be downloaded here (330 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)