News 2020


Title:  Covid-19: Mountaineering Ireland Update – Monday 16th March 2020
Date:  18/03/2020

Following the Government of Ireland’s direction, Mountaineering Ireland advises all member when participating in any mountaineering activities to follow the advice from the Public Health experts, in particular the advice to limit social contacts and to cancel indoor events catering for 100 people or more and outdoor events with 500 or more until the 29th  March, when further announcements will be made on events after that date.

Advice to Clubs/Members:

Mountaineering Ireland advises that all clubs/members should observe the guidelines issued by the HSE in the Republic of Ireland and the HSC Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland. In particular -

Advice when planning to go out on the hills:

  • All clubs and members must take responsibility for their own actions.
  • If you are heading out for a walk/hike/climb, it is reasonable to suggest using familiar, low risk routes, as you do not want to end up needing the emergency services or in hospital with the current pressures on the health sector across the island of Ireland.
  • Do not go in large groups and maintain social distancing throughout the day. There is plenty of space on the hills for everyone.
  • With schools closed and more people going out individually or in small groups, there is extra pressure for parking space. To avoid congestion, consider doing a walk around your local area, or choose a less busy location.
  • If you arrive at a car park that is full, please find alternative safe parking and never park in farm gates, or in any position that will obstruct the emergency services, farmers or other road users.
  • If taking a dog with you, choose a location where dogs are permitted and keep your dog under control at all times. This is a particular concern at this time of year as it is the lambing season and also the breeding season for birds and other wildlife.
  • If you do need assistance from Mountain Rescue, they will respond; Mountain Rescue teams are taking extra steps and precautions to protect their members and their families.
  • To help support the government’s advice on limiting social contact in cafes/restaurants etc if you're meeting in such places either before or after your activity, please ensure that social distance is maintained (minimum 2 metres between people).

Mountaineering Ireland will be reviewing the evolving situation on a day to day basis and will provide updated advice as appropriate.


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