Thrillseekers have been flocking to Go-Ape in the Forest of Dean after months of being cooped up at home.
Staff say they have been ‘overwhelmed’ by the number of people booking the treetop courses since they re-opened a month ago.
The outdoor courses were among the first leisure activities to open up after the coronavirus restrictions started lifting at the start of July.
And since opening with new measures in place there has been rising demand from those looking to take a post lockdown holiday or a day trip to the Forest of Dean.
Pete Shackell, site manager at Forest of Dean, Go Ape said the family course at Beechenhurst and and the Treetops Challenge at Mallards Pike are both proving popular and have natural social distancing built in.
“We have been overwhelmed with the response we have had since re-opening and both Beechenhurst and Mallards Pike have been really busy,” he said.
“We have seen a lot more people in the forest and unsurprisingly lots of staycationers and people just exploring what’s around them.”
According to the Go-Ape website some scientists have said you are 19 times less likely to catch Covid-19 outdoors, which is why public parks and beaches have been able reopen without any special supervision measures in place.
Even though the risk of cross-contamination of the virus outdoors is very small and it’s easy to social distance on the ground, special measures have been introduced to keep staff and customers safe.
And they recommend that people do not mix with other households while doing the course and limit the number of people on a platform to three.
Customers are supervised by instructors two metres away to fit their own harnesses and that of their children but safety checks are carried out before anyone is allowed in the trees.
Instructors wear full face shields or work from behind to avoid face to face contact if they need to physically adjust the fit of a harness while out on the course.
Mr Shackell added: “We have reduced our session sizes and introduced hand washing stations as well as extra cleaning in and around the cabin.
“Our activities all come with built in natural social distancing and being in the forest is good for our physical and mental health right now”.
Visitors are advised to book in advance on line, plan your journey to take into account several sets of nearby road works and check the Go Ape Forest of Dean social channels for up to date information.