In August, we asked WLI members how the COVID-19 pandemic had affected their work. Twenty-three responded. There is some bad news about colleagues losing their jobs, with this affecting 13 % of thge centres that responded. Forty-eight percent of the wetland centres are fully open; 26 % open in a limited capacity, and 26 % are shut.
The strongest call is for digital support, with images, video, and teaching materials suitable for sharing online. Nearly three-quarters have already been doing this, but 43 % still would like materials to share.
The greatest variability is around school visits:
When it comes to general visitation, some centres have made changes to how they operate. More than half provide hand-washing facilities, are limiting the number of visitors, or have staff wearing masks.
When we initially shared the survey, we also linked to some activities and measures WLI members have taken. Have a look for some inspiration!