Do all you can to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Despite the ongoing presence of COVID-19, most of us have enjoyed near normal freedom to explore and enjoy the hills and crags over the summer months. Recent increases in the rates of transmission of COVID-19 have resulted in an increase of some restrictions. Thankfully the activities of hillwalking and climbing can continue, albeit with additional consideration around factors such as route choice, travel and parking, and efforts to minimise the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone should continue to be aware of the risk factors for getting COVID-19:

Distance – The risk of getting COVID-19 increases as the distance between you and others gets smaller. Keep 2 metres apart where possible.

Activity – How you spend time with people and what you do with them can increase your risk. Follow the government’s Stay Safe Guidelines when spending time with others.

Time – The more time you spend in close contact with other people can increase your risk of getting COVID-19. Keep track of who you spend time with and how.

Environment – Being outdoors is safer than being indoors. Where possible, meet with others outdoors. If this is not possible, keep windows and doors open when meeting others inside

Symptoms – Know the symptoms. If you have them self-isolate and contact your GP immediately.

The Republic of Ireland Government’s announcement on Tuesday 18th of August set a limit of fifteen people for outdoor events and gatherings in the Republic of Ireland which coincides with our advice that group sizes should be kept small, ideally less than 10, and should not exceed 15. It has also been confirmed that you should not share private vehicles with people from outside your household. If this is not possible such as in the case of an emergency, face coverings should be worn when sharing a vehicle.