Annascaul Walking Club wish to advise all members of the Mountaineering Ireland Guidelines in relation to Club walks during Covid.
- Stay within the group sizes advised by government. Mountaineering Ireland’s advice is that group sizes should be kept small, ideally less than 10, and should not exceed 15, or the government’s prescribed number whichever is lower. As well as making parking and social distancing easier, a smaller group size will reduce environmental impact and allow for easier group management.
- 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.
- Car parking capacity has been considerably reduced due to the restrictions on car-pooling, previously four people in a car would have taken one car parking space, now those four people will likely require four spaces.
- Car-parking spaces will be in high demand – consider alternative less popular areas for parking.
- When parking, be considerate of other road users. Do not block access for residents, emergency services or farmers who may need to enter fields or farmyards.
- Include facemasks and additional gloves in your first-aid kit.
- Carry hand sanitizer or some means of washing your hands.
- Use a facemask for times when physical distancing is not possible.
- Minimise sharing of equipment.
- After hillwalking or climbing, quarantine your equipment for 72 hours, or wash it appropriately, before going out again with another person.
- Take time to regain your fitness and refresh skills.
- Keep 2 metres apart where possible, responsibility for maintaining physical distance and appropriate
- Hygiene practices within the group is the responsibility of each member of the group.
- If you meet another group, step to one side to let them pass or walk in single file and make sure to allow at least 2 metres space.
- Be extra vigilant on maintaining distance when breathing hard during ascent and whilst stopped at gates or stiles, try not to touch each other’s gear (holding someone’s poles/climbing gear while they climb over a gate/stile, locating the tube of your hydration pack, etc). Be especially mindful of not gathering together around a map, at summits, or for photos.
- Carry a spare bag to take home any fruit peels, packaging etc from your snacks and consider picking up (with care) any litter you come across in outdoor spaces.
As per recommendations from Sport Ireland please read the following questions and if you answer YES to any of them, please do not walk with the Club and seek further advice from your GP.
- Have you travelled outside of Ireland or to areas in Ireland designated Zone 4 or higher in the past 14 days?
- Have you had any of the symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days?
- Have you been in contact with anyone who has had Covid-19 in the past 14 days?
If you are taking part in a club walk, you are declaring that you have answered the above questions in the negative and have no Covid-19 health concerns.