COVID-19 Information For Battlezone Paintball | Battlezone Paintball

COVID-19 INFORMATION

UPDATE MARCH 23RD:

As of Monday March 23rd, all Battlezone venues will be closed until further notice. Any impacted bookings will be contacted directly in due time and we apologise for any inconvenience. As you can imagine, this news has hit us hard and we are currently running on limited staff, so we would greatly appreciate your patience and understanding during these times.
 
After the PM's announcement on Friday, we were confident as outdoor venues with plenty of social distancing we would be safe to remain open for a while, but after speaking to others in the industry and monitoring the situation across the country over the weekend, we have decided that although there is still a grey area over forced closure, we at Battlezone feel it is socially responsible to shut our doors until the situation improves.
 
Like everyone else in the country, we are unsure of how long this entire situation will last, but we aim to update you as much as possible.
 
From everyone at the Battlezone team, we hope all of you stay safe and we will see you all again soon. We will leave all previous COVID-19 information available below for when we do reopen our doors.
 

Following the press conference given by the Government and Public Health England on the 16th of March, we want to reassure our customers that Battlezone Paintball’s position has not changed and we will remain open as usual. We will be monitoring the government’s advice on a daily basis, and if there are any changes in our circumstances, we will alert all of our customers immediately.

As we operate open outdoor venues without large gatherings, none of Battlezone's sites fall under the Government’s current list of businesses to avoid (see below for more information). Furthermore, as all of our activities, particularly paintball, are not recommended for those in poor health and require a certain level of fitness, we are confident that our client demographic does not fall in the at-risk categories outlined by the Government.

All bookings are currently scheduled to go ahead as normal and we are still taking new bookings.

Whenever possible, we ask for at least 48 hours notice so we can adjust staff accordingly. Any late cancellations will be dealt with on an individual basis. Any groups that do not attend their bookings without contacting us first will not be refunded.


Measurements We’re Putting in Place/Already in Place

  • Cleaning procedures have been increased throughout our facilities.
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash will be available for use. We recommend customers wash their hands before and after their sessions.
  • All overalls will only be used once per day before being sent away to be professionally washed in high temperatures and properly disinfected.
  • All protective headgear will immediately be disinfected after use, and will only be used once per day.
  • All equipment including rental guns will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with approved products after every session.
  • We have enough equipment at all of our sites to be able to rotate fresh apparatus to all of our groups, regardless of how busy we are.
  • For hygiene reasons, we highly recommend visitors bring their own protective gloves if they own them. We have brand new Full Fingered Armoured Gloves available for purchase at all of our sites for just £5.
  • Rental gloves for Mini Paintball will only be used once per day before being properly disinfected.
  • We advise all customers to keep masks on throughout their session.
  • Our pre-game safety briefings will address any extra safety measures put in place.
  • Increased cleaning regimes in all toilets and indoor areas.
  • Each private booking will be allocated their own table with appropriate space between groups

 
The Benefits of Going Paintballing in the Current Climate

  • When you choose to play paintball over indoor activities, you are swapping limited space surrounded by a high concentration of people for a vast, open space with a small number of participants.
  • Paintballing is an easy way to have fun while avoiding large gatherings and enclosed public spaces.
  • The majority of our activities are carried out entirely outdoors with plenty of fresh air and social distancing.
  • Contact between people during most of our activities, particularly paintball, is practically non-existent as the minimum distance for shots is 5-10 feet.
  • The sun's rays have a negative impact on any possible spread of the virus, meaning that as the weather gets warmer, it is important to be outside without a high concentration of people around you.
  • All customers are issued their own personal gear that will not be shared with other players on that day.
  • Our venue capacities are below the government's guidelines for large gathering sizes.
  • Even in times like these, it is important to stay active. Unlike closed environments like gyms, paintball is a great way to get some exercise with a much lower risk.
  • With all this in mind, we believe paintballing is one of the lowest risk activities for 8yrs+ and adults in the country right now.


Government Advice

This guidance is for everyone. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers.

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.


This group includes those who are:

  • Aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (e.g. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • Being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • Those who are pregnant

Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.

  • People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
  • People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis) 

 
What is Social Distancing? 

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
They are:

  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible;
  • Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information;
  • Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller enclosed public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.
  • Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.


This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks. For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, we strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.


Battlezone’s Advice

  • Please put your own safety and the safety of others before anything else. Do not visit us simply because you feel you may miss out financially/on a fun day out. We are all in the same boat and we will all sadly have to make sacrifices.
  • Anyone with an underlying health problem as outlined above should think long and hard before visiting us.
  • Anyone that has contact with anyone that falls into the at-risk categories listed above should think extensively before coming to Battlezone.
  • Anyone exhibiting the symptoms associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) SHOULD NOT ATTEND an event at our venue.

Paintball is an industry built on making sure guests are safe at all times while in our care, and that does not change in the face of COVID-19. We will continue to provide you with a memorable experience while remaining safe.

If you have a booking with us and are either ill or concerned about your health, we ask that you follow public health recommendations and do not visit us. Despite our best efforts to remain operational for customers that wish to attend, we fully understand that circumstances and concerns are evolving daily so we are prepared to reschedule any previously booked session for any time within the next 6 months (unless government guidelines change) at no extra cost or we can cancel it (deposits non-refundable).
 
If you have any other queries or concerns, please contact us on 01642 605000 or email us on info@battlezonepaintball.co.uk

In these uncertain times, we massively appreciate your continued support, and hopefully we can all do our part to get through this.