Coronavirus guidance

Our recommendations regarding coronavirus and resources to support you during this time. We will continue to monitor government advice on the subject and will review and update this page accordingly. Please do check back regularly.

01 Jun 2022

Many of us are keen to meet and campaign in person now that most restrictions have been lifted. We should continue to follow all national and local rules as well as ensure we plan activities that are inclusive to all members.  

In-person activity

As well as continuing to follow essential public health advice (hands, face, space and fresh air), Friends of the Earth local groups and Climate Action Groups should follow official public health legislation at all times.   

Across and within each nation – England, Wales and Northern Ireland – laws and guidelines vary, please refer to the relevant governmental and local authority websites to find out about restrictions.     

Before organising any in-person gathering or event:   

  • Consider more vulnerable people in your group and your community and plan activities that are as inclusive as possible, making every effort to enable them to participate. We suggest you continue to hold some of your group meetings online for example, so that those who can’t meet in person can stay involved.    
  • We encourage you to continue wearing masks, hand sanitiser and social distancing for in-person events.
  • You are no longer required to complete a COVID-19 risk assessment for in-person activities. COVID-19 should now be addressed in your regular risk assessment for any event where members of your group will interact with the public.
  • Our COVID-19 risk assessment template is still available to use for in person events.

If you're planning on attending an in-person event:

  • We encourage you to take a lateral flow test beforehand even if you do not have COVID-19 symptoms to ensure you are not infectious.
  • If possible, wear a mask at all times during the event. 
  • Do not attend any in-person event if you feel unwell or receive a positive lateral flow test result. 
  • Third-party events may have their own COVID-19 measures and guidance. Make sure to check these before attending. 

Hybrid events

Why not try hosting a hybrid event, with some people attending in person and some online?Wycombe Friends of the Earth have had success organising this type of event, and told us all about it.

First, they booked their local Friends' Meeting House which has a large screen TV and computer with camera and microphone. If your venue doesn't supply all of this, you could also bring your own. Just make sure the venue has wifi and that you've got the right cables to connect everything.

Then, the group set up a Zoom meeting as usual and on the day, they logged in to the Zoom account on the Friends' Meeting House computer. 

We found it very easy for people to contribute either in the room or online via the Zoom meeting. I had been told that it was difficult to facilitate meetings run in this way, but I didn't find it any more difficult than a normal Zoom meeting. - Steve, coordinator of Wycombe Friends of the Earth

How to talk about the crisis

We’re still living in unprecedented times, especially vulnerable community members. While we want to continue as much as possible to campaign on climate, we must be sensitive in how we do that – and how we communicate it.

It’s been noted how in some places measures put in place to limit the spread of the virus have resulted in a reduction in emissions, increased air quality, and in some cases, the ability of nature to return to spaces.

However, it’s incredibly important that we do not celebrate these as so-called "benefits" of the pandemic. 

Read our coronavirus messaging guide.

Digital campaigning resources

Coronavirus has changed how we campaign. We’ll continue to provide you with the tools, resources and support you need so that you can continue to hold meetings and plan campaigning work if you feel able to do so.

To start, we’ve gathered a list of some free tools to help you campaign online.

Read our guide to free digital campaigning tools. 

Mental health

We know it’s an uncertain and challenging time. It’s important that you take precautions to look after yourselves and each other.

For mental health support, reach out to your GP, or contact Samaritans on 116 123. 

Extra support

And if you have any questions or a suggestion on how we can support you, please get in touch.

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