The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to dominate our concerns at this time. The situation has caused some big challenges for Unlocking the Severn and the partner organisations who are delivering this project.
Over the initial weeks of the restrictions, in line with government guidance to fight the pandemic and keep people safe during this crisis, we dramatically scaled back planned project activities. And all our public events and outreach activities were postponed or cancelled until the end of June. Some public events have been rescheduled for the autumn. Our activity team focused on developing meaningful alternative activities that that can be delivered online during this exceptional period where we must all stay at home as much as possible.
View our NEW learning activity packs here.
Subsequently, we suspended work at our fish pass construction sites. This is to ensure the safety of the workers, to avoid the travel involved for workers and material suppliers, and to prevent any risk of coronavirus transmission during this critical time in line with government recommendations.
Most recently, it has been confirmed that our Activity Team will be placed on furlough leave whilst we are unable to continue with our events, schools and volunteering programmes. During this time (starting 8 April 2020) any live public-facing aspects of project will regrettably be on hold.
When the government guidelines and social distancing restrictions are lifted, we will move swiftly to get back on course with our project plans.
These are unprecedented times for us all. We thank stakeholders and local people for their patience and understanding. We encourage you all to stay home and stay safe and we look forward to the time when we can all meet together once again and resume our shared endeavours to unlock our river for people and wildlife.