WE ARE OPEN!
Below you will find information on what has changed to keep everyone as safe as possible. Most of this can be found on our social media but here you can find pretty much everything as it stands now, so you know what to expect when you come back for a climb with us again.
Face Masks / Coverings
By law you must wear a face mask in our centre, except while climbing, exercising, eating or drinking – unless you are defined by the government as exempt (for example, children under 11 years). Disposable masks will be available to buy from reception. Our team are likely to wear a visor and a mask during sessions. Please respect their space and do not go close to them unnecessarily.
Rule of Six (instruction)
From Thursday 24th September. You can only come to the centre in a maximum group size of 6. This includes participants and spectators. We are not allowing bookings of more than five participants under the age of 18. Each group can bring only one adult spectator/supervisor. You are not permitted to be in the centre in a group of more than 6 and should you see people you know you must still remain in your group.
In a given session (such as Crazy Climb) there may be more than 6. But you must stick to your booked group throughout your time in the centre.
Rule of Six (for climbers)
You must not hang out in a group of more than 6 in the centre. Ideally you would arrive with a friend and stay together and not interact with anyone else. But it is your own (and our) legal responsibility to avoid hanging out in a group of more than 6.
Flashpoint Swindon is lucky enough to be in a very big open space. This gives us a fairly large capacity even with social distancing in mind. We will start with a max capacity at any one time of 88 people and see how it goes from there.
In order to manage this we will ask you to check in & check out so we can see how many people we have in at any one time. Plus you will be able to see this too from the comfort of your own home. The clever people at Rock Gym Pro (our reception system) have created a “live widget” that can go on our website so you can see how busy we are at any one time.
There is a small risk that if we get very busy you might have to wait until someone leaves in order to go in. But we think this risk is small for now. We will keep monitoring and if necessary we will implement the same “slot booking” system we have at the other sites (Flashpoint Bristol and Redpoint Bristol).
When we designed Flashpoint Swindon we paid a lot of attention to making sure there was plenty of space between the boulder walls. After all you spend more time standing around than you do actually climbing when you go to the wall. At our other walls we have had to strip a few areas that share a landing zone.
We have re-set a couple of areas but other than that it will be business as usual with regular setting from our incredible setting team. Chomping at the bit to create some masterpieces after 3 months climbing around their kitchens.
Liquid Chalk & Hand Sanitiser
Even before lockdown we where looking to find a solution to reducing the amount of chalk in the air. It’s a bit problem in climbing walls as the centre’s can get ridiculously dusty. Making cleaning a constant struggle and generally making the place feel grubby, and also not very nice for our staff to breath all day long. So we are going to trial providing liquid chalk to all our customers.
We’ve been talking a lot with Tad from @massifclimbing about the possibility of liquid chalk acting as a hand sanitiser. Unfortunately the short answer is that liquid chalk is not recognised as a hand sanitiser. The WHO has very specific requirements and ingredients for hand sanitiser. The alcohol content alone does not make it work. It may well do the job but it also may well not.
Most hand sanitisers have a lot of “gel” in them to make your hands feel moisturised after using them. Not exactly what you want before you climb. So Massif have created us a customised hand sanitiser with the minimum gel allowable, we will have this for use next to the liquid chalk stations. So you sanitise your hands, then use the Liquid Chalk, then crush. The result is actually really impressive. It’s the best liquid chalk we’ve ever used!
You will be allowed to use loose chalk as well, if you feel you need to, but we will be encouraging you to use as little as possible to help us keep the place clean and the air quality high.
Opening Times & Staff Bubbles
A big risk to the business going forward is the “track and trace” system. Although we are super happy for the system to be in place as soon as possible it means we have to be careful about staff getting too close to each other for long periods of time. So we are putting receptionists into “bubbles” that work together. That way if one has to isolate we don’t have to isolate the whole team and shutdown.
What that means is we would like just one team to work for the whole day. But we used to be open from early to late every day. Which is a bit much to ask the team to be in for such a long shift. So we are looking initially to reduce our opening hours. This will be confirmed closer to opening but we will open around mid-day and close around 9.30pm on weekdays. We should be open normal…ish hours on weekends.
We are sorry to make this change for weekdays and as soon as we can we’ll go back to normal opening hours.
Before opened back up we did a big spring clean. It’s such a great opportunity to do it when no-one is around, and it’ll be nice for the place to feel fresh. Once open we will be actively cleaning more than we used to in certain areas like the changing rooms and lockers.
The gym will be open but we will encourage you to sanitise your hands before you go in. And there will be some cleaning equipment in there (spray, etc) so you can clean the mats or bars if you wish. The fingerboards we’d rather you did not spray but we definitely want you to sanitise your fingers before using them.
We cannot guarantee that everything you touch in the centre will be perfectly clean. We cannot clean the holds between every use for example, so can’t keep the centre to the standard of a hospital or a clinical setting. But we can give you the best opportunity to keep your hands clean, by providing hand sanitiser and soap, and ensure the capacity is low enough that you can keep some distance from your friends and fellow climbers.
One Way Systems
In order for us to minimise the amount of people you come in to contact with unnecessarily, we will be operating a one-way system through the centres. This is mainly so that when you are leaving you don’t have to squeeze past the people arriving for climbing and trampolining. We are setting up some of our fire doors as the new exits to help with this.
There will be signs around the centre, and staff will guide you but please be aware and help us to keep this system working.
You can bring and supervise your own children now in the same way as before lockdown.
Adult Tasters are back up and running! We also have a new offering of Family Tasters. Our dreams of a full kids bouldering program have been set back by the pandemic but we’ll get back on this now and hope to bring you more sessions over the winter.
All memberships reverted to normal on 27th July. If you maintained your membership at a lower (or higher!) rate while we were closed, this will have returned to your standard membership dues from 1st August.