Mad March Hare March 2021 – Covid-19 Advice


Please bare the following advice in mind when taking part in public places

Please keep an open mind to how Mad March Hare will run this year. Due to COVID-19 things will be different. Information can be found on the government website (link below). Here is some of what you should already be observing and we encourage you all to carry on doing so.  Mad March Hare will still be running, just as a Virtual event, as we will not be holding any group runs this year.

We look forward to seeing all your posts and updates on social media.

Important Covid-19 Advice

Principles for safe urban centres and green spaces

Official Government Guidance

Guidance on social distancing, face coverings, cleaning and communications can be found below.

Social distancing

Social distancing rules will no longer apply in law. This means that local authorities, owners and operators do not need to implement social distancing (2m or 1m+) in outdoor public places, and the public do not need to keep apart from people they don’t live with. However, local authorities, owners and operators may wish to consider that some may make a personal choice and limit their close contact.


Owners and operators are advised to implement cleaning protocols to limit coronavirus transmission in public places. It is advised that touch points (e.g. handrails and gates) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning.

Hygiene – hand washing, sanitation facilities and toilets

Washing or sanitising hands removes viruses and other germs, so people are less likely to become infected if they touch their face. Using soap and water is the most effective way to clean hands, especially if they are visibly dirty. Hand sanitiser can be used when soap and water is not available.

Local authorities, owners and operators responsible for public places, for example public toilets, should consider the use of signs and posters to make people aware of the following:

  • how to wash their hands well
  • that they should wash their hands frequently 
  • where possible, avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth. If they do need to touch their face (for example to put on or take off your face covering), wash or sanitise their hands before and after
  • that they should cough or sneeze into a tissue which is binned safely, or into their arms if a tissue is not available

When providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards, local authorities, owners and operators may wish to consider:

  • addressing different needs of multiple user groups, for example, young people, older people and people with disabilities
  • using simple, clear and accessible images and messaging to explain guidelines, with consideration for groups whose first language may not be English or where alternative formats may be required


Organisations have a duty of care to volunteers, to ensure as far as reasonably practicable they are not exposed to risks to their health and safety. They will therefore need to take a risk-based approach to the restarting of services. Links to further guidance can be found in the appendix.

Extracted from full version at <>Protecting