COVID-19 Industry News

The EOG are working closely with our members, country associations, trade organisations and government to collate the most up to date information relevant to our industry.




COVID-19 Impact Survey on outdoor businesses – Please complete by 8th June.

02.06.2020  We are conducting a survey about the impact of COVID-19 on outdoor businesses. We have taken our time to develop this piece of work, making sure to  have taken into account a broad range of feedback from members since February. The survey is confidential and an analysis of the results will be shared with those who participate.

UPDATED: Guide to current European retail restrictions by country

14.05.2020 As governments seek to re-open the retail environment over the next weeks and months there is an array of advice out there. With advice varying across Europe and even within countries it is difficult for those businesses operating on many fronts to negotiate the regulations being provided. Here we will collate the latest country […]

UK: British Mountaineering Council release guidance on outdoor activities

13.05.2020 Can I start climbing and hill walking again? As lockdown evolves, access to the outdoors is now changing. However, crucially this is still different in England, Wales and Scotland. Our key message to climbers and hill walkers is to be cautious in your actions, respectful of local communities and extremely vigilant in avoiding transmitting […]

Berghaus: The Hills will always be there with Sir Chris Bonnington.

  01.05.2020 The Hills will always be there. Berghaus has just posted a short film with Sir Chris Bonington, which includes clips of him sharing some of his thoughts and advice about dealing with the current situation. Sir Chris talks about the analogy of being stuck in a tent for an extended time during an […]

Nikwax show to clean disposable PPE masks and gowns more safely

01.05.2020 How to clean disposable masks and gowns more safely. Testing by Nikwax shows that disposable masks and gowns can be cleaned in a washing process whilst maintaining their functional qualities. The process can be rolled out quickly using existing cleaning facilities. Safely reusing disposable or single-use PPE could increase effective supply by 5 times […]

International Labour Organisation releases global Call to Action

01.05.2020 COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry COVID-19: Action in the Global Garment Industry aims to catalyse action from across the global garment industry to support manufacturers to survive the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect garment workers’ income, health and employment. This global action also calls for work on sustainable […]

Fair Wear Foundation release Garment industry coalition statement

01.05.2020 Statement: Garment industry coalition lays out joint priorities for the garment sector A group of eleven organisations working on better labour conditions for garment workers has released a statement on responding responsibly to the Covid-19 crisis, calling on garment brands and governments for urgent action. They are deeply concerned about the livelihoods of millions […]

STATEMENT FROM THE EOG PRESIDENT – Outdoor industry cooperation during COVID-19 pandemic

25.04.20 EOG President Mark Held has published an open letter to the outdoor industry, calling for continued sustainable, ethical cooperation during the coronavirus outbreak, and outlining why that is important now, more than ever. You can read the letter in full below and download it in PDF form to share with your own colleagues and […]

Postponement of European Outdoor Summit

24.04.20 It is with regret that, due to the uncertain current situation with COVID-19, the European Outdoor Group (EOG) has taken the difficult decision to postpone the European Outdoor Summit (EOS) until 2021.  The summit will take place in Annecy, France, in the autumn, and the EOG is currently looking at suitable dates, which will […]

EOCA members to choose which projects will receive funding

22.04.20 The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) has updated its members on plans to hold a vote that will determine which projects the association will support this spring. Despite the impact of COVID-19 on plans, the association is still committed to funding three initiatives this spring (rather than the usual five). On this occasion, a […]

La Sportiva delivers 55,000 masks after converting production line

22.04.20 After converting part of its production line to make laboratory coats and masks for the Protezione Civile (civil defence) of Trento, La Sportiva has completed manufacture of an initial batch of 55,000 masks. Read more HERE.

Osprey: Putting healthcare workers first and producing PPE.

20.04.20 EOG member Osprey have turned over their warranty and repair department to making PPE masks for healthcare workers. The masks have been specifically designed to handle multiple washings and be reusable, the team are producing 100 masks a day and distributing to their local health care providers around Cortez, CO. USA.

Arcteryx: From Alpha SSV to PPE

20.04.20 EOG member Arcteryx are using their Arc’one manufacturing facility in Vancouver, BC to produce PPE for their local healthcare providers. As well as producing PPE along with other local manufacturers they are also making patterns, design and tech specs widely available so that other manufacturers might do the same.

EOG Member ORTOVOX support retailers via direct website sales

05.04.20   ORTOVOX are supporting retailers by offering 25% of all purchases as a credit to the retailer selected by the consumer at point of purchase. As an extra incentive all customers will receive a free 120 Tec Headband with each order.  

FESI release findings of initial Covid19 impact survey

16.04.20   The FESI report: The sporting goods industry severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis: companies are in urgent need of liquidity and cash flow support according to the latest FESI survey  

Columbia launches #TOUGHERTOGETHER campaign

15.04.20   EOG member Columbia Sportswear have launched a campaign on their Instagram channels promoting Columbia Sportswear customers to stay at home and use #toughertogether to connect and share outdoor adventures and plans during the Covid-19 epidemic.  

EOG member Stormsure is helping the NHS

16.04.2020 EOG member Stormsure are helping the NHS in the UK by 3D printing facemasks. They are now asking their customers to support the scheme with donations for materials and shipping.  

Launch of #sportstays

10.04.20 The Association of German Sports Retailers has teamed up with ISPO to launch a campaign called #sportstays. The initiative is designed to convey the message that whatever is happening now, sport will always remain with us and with it all the motivation that sport gives us. The campaign is open for anyone to participate. […]

An open letter from EOG President Mark Held

01.04.20 European Outdoor Group calls for industry unity during COVID-19 pandemic   The president of the European Outdoor Group (EOG) has issued an open letter to the outdoor industry, urging businesses to work together during the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to help as much of the sector as possible to ride out the crisis and […]

Cancellation of OutDoor by ISPO 2020

27.03.20 CANCELLATION OF OUTDOOR BY ISPO 2020 As events continue to unfold around the world, it is clear that we cannot proceed with plans to hold an international trade show towards the end of June. Even if travel restrictions were to ease by June, the economic harm being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is making […]