Updated: Thursday 9th April 2020

Dear Swimmers,

As the coronavirus cases rise across the world you will be thinking about your swim trip to Greece and how this might be affected by the outbreak.

The situation in Greece is that there are 1884 reported cases of the virus so far and these are largely in the capital and major cities; due to the draconian measures that were put in place very early by the government the spread of the virus has been slow in comparison to other European countries. All public and private schools, nurseries, as well as universities, remain closed for an indefinite period as from the 11th March; e-learning platforms have been set up. All public indoor gatherings, conferences, meetings etc., are banned for the time being as well as concerts and all sports events. Shopping centres, libraries, coffee shops, museums, sports halls, restaurants, hotels, resorts and even churches are closed and will remain closed until further notice; all but necessary travel has been banned. On 22nd March, the Greek authorities announced significant restrictions on movements outside the home for the foreseeable future; this is strictly policed with fines in place. Border closures and flight restrictions amongst certain E.U. member states are in place and more measures are planned in the days to come; the situation is monitored closely and updated daily by the Greek government. For more updated info on Greece visit (or your own country’s equivalent government site):

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/health

The situation in the four different islands where The Big Blue operates is as follows:

Lefkada: 1 reported case so far,

Ithaca: no reported cases so far,

Sfakia in Crete: no reported cases so far; there are about 11 reported cases in the whole of Crete, mainly in the capital, Heraklion.

Santorini: no reported cases so far.

Therefore, it is anticipated that our swim trips will go ahead in all our destinations.

If the situation changes we will let you know, but we all remain optimistic and we are operating as normal. We are also hoping that certain experts are proven right and this coronavirus will show signs of behaviour similar to viruses like SARS at the beginning of the summer months. If so, its resilience and potency will be curtailed by the hot weather and the ultra-violet rays of the Mediterranean sun.

The Big Blue Swim are monitoring the situation closely around the world and in particular the UK and Greece. Due to our family connections on the Greek Islands we have all the information readily to hand related to travel and advice given by the Greek government. There are also official sites where you can get updates on travel information and this is one of them:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Our newly-launched 1 week-long Swimrun camp in May has recently been cancelled by us and will be re-advertised soon for May 2021.

IMPORTANT Please make sure that you have adequate travel insurance in place when you book your flights (please read our T&Cs – under TERMS) (https://thebigblueswim.com/terms “Terms”); although a large percentage of the deposit for your swim trip will be refunded or the choice of an alternative swim week offered, we cannot reimburse any travel expenses you might have incurred if any of our swim trips are cancelled.

REVISED CANCELLATION POLICY Due to the unprecedented nature of world current affairs and in view of the fact that different governments operate different policies regarding the welfare of their citizens, we have slightly altered our cancellation policy regarding refunds to make it more fair to swimmers and help the situation as much as we can. Although our swims are going ahead as planned as of this date, if a swimmer cancels, then, either 65% of deposit will be refunded, or 100% of the deposit credited to either a later swim this summer (providing there is availability) or to a swim during 2021. If a swim trip is cancelled by The Big Blue Swim, then the total amount for this swim trip (excluding any travel expenses incurred by the swimmer) will be reimbursed, or credited to a 2021 swim trip. The above take immediate effect and will be reviewed on a weekly basis. The rest of T&Cs and our insurance policy are still in effect.

We all hope that soon enough normality can be resumed and we will look forward to seeing you out in Greece for a great swimming experience.

Thank you.

The Big Blue Team

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